|Sr. Ansgar Holmberg, CSJ|
Isaiah 9:1: "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone". The sun which rises in the east is a harbinger of the light which dispels the darkness.
Jesus is indeed the true light, the radiance of his Father's splendor. We pray this daily in the Benedictus at Lauds (the morning prayer), joining in the words of Zechariah: "He, the Dayspring, shall visit us in his mercy to shine on those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death" (Luke 1:78).
In the Mass for the day we pray from Malachi (3:19): Lo, the day is coming, blazing like an oven...and the day that us coming will set them on fire..but for you who fear My Name, there will arise the Sun of Justice with His healing rays.