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Light of the World

By Silvia Holgado (Consecrated Woman of Regnum Christi)

December 7th, 2023 - Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center

Usually, when Advent arrives it seems that “we have to talk about hope”, it is what is typical of this liturgical time: we wait for the coming of the Lord, his manifestation in our flesh, his presence among us. We wait with hope…

However, his presence has already begun, and it is we, the believers, who, because God has willed it that way, must make him present in the world. It is through our faith, hope and our works of love that He wants to make His light shine continually in the night of the world.

Every time we forgive, that we extend a hand to the needy, that we seek dialogue instead of revenge, we turn on a light in the night of this winter. In this way we remember that "the Light of the world" has already been lit in the dark night of Bethlehem and has changed the night of sin, of offense, of violence, into the holy night of forgiveness and peace.

In these days of the year when so many festive, warm and wonderful lights are lit, reminding us of the joy that is to come at Christmas, Christians ask ourselves what light we want to light. We who have been called to sustain the work of Christ through the times. His presence, already begun, and only it, is the strength we have to continue illuminating the dark corners of human existence. This is how we make visible the words of our Lord

“You are the salt of the earth, you are the light of the world”. (cf. Mt 5, 13-14)

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