Thought of the day
Sunday, January 8, 2017

Epiphany of the Lord

Blessed Guerric of Igny (c.1080-1157), Cistercian abbot 2nd sermon for the Epiphany (trans. Cistercian publications Inc., 1970; cf SC 166)

Epiphany of the Lord

Commentary of the day 

Blessed Guerric of Igny (c.1080-1157), Cistercian abbot 2nd sermon for the Epiphany (trans. Cistercian publications Inc., 1970; cf SC 166) 

The light of the world is revealed to the nations

"Arise, be enlightened, Jerusalem, for your light has come." The Light indeed had come; he was in the world, and the world was made through him, but the world did not know him. He was born but he was not known, until this day of light began to manifest him… . "Arise, you who sit in darkness; look at the light which has risen up in the darkness but is not mastered by the darkness. Draw near to him and be enlightened, in his light you shall see the light; and it will be said to you: "You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord." Look upon the Eternal Light which has tempered itself to your gaze, so that he who dwells in inaccessible light affords access even to weak and bleary eyes. See the Light in a lamp of earthenware, the Sun in a cloud, God in man, the Splendor of Glory and Brightness of Eternal Light in the clay vessel of your flesh… 

Thank you, Father of lights, who have called us out of darkness into your admirable light… This is the true light, indeed eternal life: that we may know you the one God, and him whom you have sent, Jesus Christ. We know indeed through faith, holding on to it as to a trustworthy pledge so that we shall know by sight too. In the meantime increase our faith, leading us on from faith to faith, from brightness to brightness, by your Spirit, so that from day to day we may enter more deeply into the treasures of light… Thus, through faith, we are led to the vision of your face, as if led by a leading star to our Leader at Bethlehem… 

O with what joy does the faith of the Magi exult there as they look upon him reigning in that Jerusalem, him whom they adored as a crying babe in Bethlehem. Here he was seen in the inn of the poor, there he is seen in the palace of the angels; here in the swaddling clothes of infants, there in the splendors of the saints; here on his mother's lap, there on his Father's throne. 

(Biblical references: Is 60:1 ; Jn 1:10 ; cf. Jn 1:5 ; Ps 33[34]:5 ; Ps 35[36]:9 ; Eph 5:8 ; 1Tm 6:16 ; Jas 1:17 ; 1P 2:9 ; Jn 17:3 ; Lk 17:5)