We see differently
Scripture is clear: The birth of Jesus, scripture says, was heralded by a burst of light. I am convinced, however, that the coming of Jesus is about more than the simple brilliance of lightning. This signature reference is not meant, I think, to tell us only that Jesus brings light into the world. Light, after all, came with the initial burst of Creation. Light was already here when Jesus was born.
No, instead, I think that at this new moment in time, the message is that Jesus brought a new kind of light into the world. The kind of light the world had never seen.
And what does that mean for us? It means that those who see Jesus see differently.
They see the poor who are invisible to the corporate and political structures of the world. They see the forgotten who are ignored by the self-righteous. They see those who are struggling to be more today than they were yesterday. And they reach out themselves to make it possible.
(Reflections are provided each week by a member of the congregation.)