All of today’s Scripture selections point to God’s faithfulness forever – to King David (2 Samuel 7), proclaimed in the psalm (89), fulfilled in Christ (Romans 16 & Luke 1). How fitting it is, then, that the O Antiphon for December 21st (the Winter Solstice) shouts out the following plea:
O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: Come! Shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.
Just as the sun rises each morning, whether we see it or not, as long as the earth endures, we have the promise of God to be with us in good times and bad. Our Jewish sisters and brothers have been celebrating the great Festival of Lights and today the earth joins in with the turning of the season toward more light. Even if our world seems dreary going forward, we can count on more minutes of light each day. So it is as we move toward the great feast of the Incarnation. We turn to the East and welcome the dawn. Soon, and very soon, the dawning of God’s light will break upon our hearts with the knowledge that this promise is forever.