But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9).
Brothers and sisters in Christ a child has been born unto us! That Wonderful Counselor, our Mighty God, has come and now reigns as our Prince of Peace. In this season of Epiphany, we are celebrating together what God has revealed by coming to us in the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ. Having come to be our servant King, we are rejoicing in the fact that we who were once not a people, his own possession (1 Pet 2:10). For us then, who now bask in his light, who have seen his glory full of grace and truth (Jn 1:1); we are free to “proclaim his excellencies” as St. Peter would say.
This January, we’d all probably prefer to catch up on some sleep we missed out on during the seasons of Advent and Christmas! But the star of Epiphany shines upon you calling you out as “children of the light, children of the day. We are not of night or of darkness” (1 Thess 5:5). Yes the days are getting longer, “so let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober” (1 Thess 5:6). Being called, and awakened to new life in God, through Christ Jesus the church cannot help but “go out into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15).
This is her charge, her privilege; for “how will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” (Rom 10:14).
Well thanks be to God; “for how beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news…who says to Zion ‘Your God reigns’” (Is 52:7). Here on this mountain, Zion, you have an abundance of preachers; not only in the pulpit, but from the music shared, to the peace being exchanged, to the invitation extended to others to “come and see” (Jn 1:39) the gospel continues to spread. And as it spreads it does not fail in its task.
The music that bursts forth from these walls, the word that is transmitted over the radio, the devotional resources put out online and in hardcopy, testify to the light that continues to shine out from this body of Christ. Over the past few months, the Holy Spirit has expanded the ministry at Zion. The gospel of Jesus Christ that is preached here has found itself in homes far and wide, and the comfort of his presence has bolstered new communities in the local area.
And to you? Well this very same Spirit will not let you sleep. It will neither let you grow weak or weary. Day by day it will renew your strength so that you too—as part of his royal priesthood—might carry this light into the world. Let it warm your homes through daily prayer and devotion. Let it shine in the workplace and on the street corner. Let it bring all peoples, strangers and loved ones to love and rejoicing in the Lord.
Fides ex Auditu,