⏰Friday of the First Week of Advent (07 December 2018 – Memorial of St. Ambrose)

📖Isa 29:17-24; Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14, (R.v.1a); Matt 9:27-3

The transition from darkness to light is one of the phenomena that is often used to describe the messianic era in the scriptures. The prophet Isaiah used it to describe the events surrounding the birth of the Child, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. A light has dawned upon those who lived in the land as dark as death” (Isa 9:2). The evangelist Matthew also borrowed that passage to describe the entrance of Jesus into the lands of Zebulun and Naphtali.

An encounter with Jesus would liberate us from our physical or spiritual darkness. Consider the blind men in Matt 9:27 in that light. They were living in darkness but when they embraced Jesus, great light shone on them.

Think of Nicodemus also; he came to Jesus in the night (John 3:2), a symbol of darkness, and was enlightened by Jesus. Thenceforth, he started speaking for the light (cf. John 7:50-51).

The emergence of St. Ambrose as the Bishop of Milan could be seen also as the triumph of light over darkness. When the See of Milan became vacant, there was a controversy generated over the issue of succession. When Ambrose came in to pacify the opposing parties, he was proclaimed bishop by popular demand and he worked hard to see that the light of Christ shone even brighter among his people.

The Messiah can also liberate you from the darkness of your deficiencies and restore you to wholeness (cf. Isa 29:17-24). You only need to embrace the virtues of meekness and humility (Isa 29:19) as well as faith in Jesus (Matt 9:28).

May your restoration be whole in this season of the Lord so that your joy may be complete in the Lord. Amen.

Have a fulfilled day in the Lord. Peace be with you.

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