The ancient Celts discerned that creation did not come from nothing, but from within the very substance of God. Thus the Holy Spirit enlivens and flows in and through all that we can see, touch, hear, smell, and taste. They saw the light of Christ in the sun as it arose each morning, reminding them of Jesus’s resurrection. They saw the light of God reflected in the moon as it rose each evening, assuring them of the Father’s watchful presence during the night.
If, perhaps since, the light of God flows in and through all matter, and flows in and through each person, how then could we not arise and shine? How then could we not glow with the flow of the Spirit? How then could we not be drawn to that light in all that God has made, including every person? How then could we not see in those whom we love as well as in those from whom we are separated the light of Christ?
This is the miracle of Christmas. The awakening of all of humanity to the presence of God in all people, in all matter, and seeing that light in one another. A light to which we are drawn and to which all people and things are drawn. The light from which all matter has come and will ultimately return.
Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and rejoice,
because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you,
the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
— Isaiah 60:5 (NRSV)
I will have more to say about the 60th chapter of Isaiah on Sunday, January 10th, 2017 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church.
Robert Shaw, Pastor