“By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.’ (Luke 1: 78-9)
Perhaps the sun is shining now or hidden behind clouds, or is falling softly in the west, drawing dusk upon us. In the poetic Creation stories of the book of Genesis, we read, “God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. (Genesis 1: 3-5)
It was on this first day of the week that the world was brightened again when Jesus rose from the dead. Sunday is the Day when God began creating but it is also the Day of Resurrection, and each Sunday is a little Easter. In our Christian Tradition, Easter Day is also called the Eighth Day for something new is happening. The endless cycle has been broken. Through Christ’s victory over sin and death, God has re-created and opened up new possibilities of life with him.
Today, humanity is urgently tasked with repairing the damage we have done to the world. The message given by environmentalists and scientists is that it’s not too late, if we act now. There is a sense of urgency, of being bold and brave and responsible. The global landscape may look gloomy at times but we trust in Christ, the ‘Sun of Righteousness” who has risen with healing in his wings (Malachi 4:2) We read in Holy Scripture that “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and inhim all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:15-17).
Lord God of all Creation, whose Spirit hovered over the waters of chaos bringing light and life, and who raised up Jesus from the dead to make of us a new creation. Let your light shine upon me today so that my life will become an endless song of praise, a Canticle of Love. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.