We rejoice in Jesus, the Light of the world, in this time of darkness.
Three points of the homily:
1. Rejoice in the Light
As human b, we are composed of three components: Body, Soul and Spirit. All three are interconnected. A change in one will have an effect on the other two. God who is all knowing, knows our needs. This is why in the book of Genesis when God created the world, he also created light to dispel the physical darkness. He also sent His only son to dispel the spiritual darkness that we could get into. Jesus said in John 8:12, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." This is great news to all of us. That whatever darkness that we are going through in our life, Jesus comes to us as that light and therefore gives us the reason to rejoice.
2. Witness to the Light
In our gospel today, it says that, “A man named John was sent from God. This man came for a witness to give testimony of the Light, that all men might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to testify to the light.” John told his audience that he is not the light, but the one who bears witness to the light which enlightens consciences by means of faith that radiates joy.
3. Light in darkness
There are so many people out there who live in darkness. There are so many who are poor in many ways, even though financially well-off. So many who lack freedom to choose the truth and love in all they do and say. So many who are blinded by money and material possession. So many broken hearts amid all the party-going. There are even people who simply hate Christmas because it only increases their inner pain and deep sadness.