The Fourth Sunday in Advent – Series C – Luke 1:39-56

Living From the Liturgy – Daily Meditation and Prayer for Dec. 20 – Dec. 26

The following homily was given on Dec. 20th as part of a special service for the annual Christian Education Christmas program, whose theme was “Jesus is the Light of the World”, presented by the children of Lutheran Church of the Cross.



In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

The Light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not overcome it.

In Luke chapter 1, we find the greatest mystery of salvation coming upon the earth.

Here in Mother Mary’s womb, is the light of the world, and nothing, not even the darkness, not even the hatred of the world, not even the so called wisdom of men, will stop this light from coming in.

The promise is certain, the light shines, and the darkness cannot overcome it.

But it doesn’t end here, the light that shines in the weakest, in the smallest, in the insignificant, shines also for you. And you have seen it.

At the font, infants are baptized into the death and name of Christ, and no matter how much the world laughs and argues that these infants can’t possibly believe, the scorn of the world cannot overcome and overturn this true and certain promise that is given and held fast by Christ himself.

At the altar, this light comes to you as what seems to be insignificant bread and wine, and yet no matter how much the darkness scoffs and ridicules what is confessed to be given, its laughter does not overturn the body and blood here for you.

Even in your own faith, this faith that often feels fragile and feeble, this devotion of yours that often seems second best, even in you, this promise remains, never to be overturned, no matter how much the darkness of the world and even the darkness of our own doubt attempts to dampen it.

The light has come into the world. It shines for you, it is given to you. Never to be put out.

In the Name of Jesus, Amen.