Sunday, January 13, 2008

Basking in the Light of Christ

Today, in the old calendar, we celebrate the Octave Day of Epiphany, and in the new calendar, we celebrate the Baptism of Christ. The lesson read for the Epistle for the former is "Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee." For the latter, we celebrate our illumination in Christ in our own baptism, as we are joined with Christ's baptism. I had the great privilege of attending the baptism of a parishioner yesterday (who was born just before Christmas), and the lighting of the baptismal candle from the Paschal candle is a moving part of the ritual. Truly, at this time, we should take the time to bask in the light of Christ.

Here is a picture of what that basking in Christ's light looks like:

We should be as eager to soak up the light of Christ as Clem (my feline houseguest) is to soak up the sunlight.

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