the darkness shall not overcome….

“In order for the light to shine so brightly,
the darkness must be present.”

Francis Bacon

A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism,
but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion.

Francis Bacon


(a partial solar eclipse caught in mid eclipse courtesy the web)

See this image of an eclipse?
Even when the moon passes completely between the sun and the Earth,
creating a total solar eclipse…as the day turns into an eerie twilight…the
sun is still seen as if glowing from behind the moon…

It’s as if the moon cannot hide nor contain the Sun’s radiating light
for the sun and all of her all encompassing power and might will not be denied

It is such that her light cannot and will not be hidden, contained, nor denied….

I think of Jesus and of his victory over Death—
His far reaching and everlasting Light, like that of the sun, cannot and will not
be hidden, contained nor denied …nor will the light that shines
upon the heirs of his Glory….for His Light will perpetually shine upon
all those who confess His name….

Epiphany—a shining forth….

Our good friend Bishop Ashenden offered a lovely homily for the Feast of the
Epiphany which was this past Sunday—
And as I keep explaining….my time is not, nor has it been, my own as of late
as it continues getting further and further away from me–
Hence why a past Sunday’s homily is being presently posted on a following Wednesday….

Yet no matter—I’ve added the video clip—it is all of about 15 minutes—
and well worth the time spent as the good Bishop offers a thought provoking look at the Epiphany as he asks us each the question,
‘what gift is it that we will lay before
Jesus as homage to his birth?”

And of course that gift is to be our entire being…especially
that of our complete and uncompromised time….
While at the same time we must remain mindful that our ancient Enemy will do
everything in his power to keep us from offering Jesus much of anything,
especially our time….

The good Bishop explains that what we know of the Magi, who were most likely
kings and if not kings of earthly kingdoms…they were certainly kings of
the realms of theology and science….
And it is clear that they were certainly not Jews….

Yet they came from far away places, converging simultaneously, in order to
see for themselves this baby that the heavens foretold…
A baby that was certainly no ordinary Jewish baby…
but rather a great and mighty future king…

And as they were not Jews, we have the first nod to the fact that this king-to-be
had actually come for all men and not just for the Jews.
As we actually see the leading thinkers and scientists of the day,
kneeling before the Christ.

Men of great, knowledge, thinking and wisdom…
yet humbled by the birth of a seemingly random Jewish child…
in what was considered a far flung dessert outcropping in the middle of
a barren land.
Men of great study and stature being humbled by the birth of a mere foreign child.

An event and scenario that would be highly unlikely to be acknowledged by our
current day’s community of academics and scientists.

For our dear Bishop explains that over time, the age of Enlightenment brought with
it a tremendous sense of hubris. With the current intellectual high priests
of all things scientific and academic possessing their fair share of self importance.

As our current age’s thinkers have been wounded by apostasy, unbelief,
schism and capitulation…
all the while as society is currently being sold a progressive theology
and the selling out to the spirit of the age…

And yet we are reminded of not merely a single birth of a small child
far away and long ago, we are reminded of the emergence of a Great Light…
A Light that called out the brightest and the greatest as well as the smallest
and the least….
for in this Light, not even the darkness itself can nor will contain it….

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

John 1:4-5

20 comments on “the darkness shall not overcome….

  1. atimetoshare.me says:

    The epiphany is a great light unto the Gentiles. All people would be gifted with this child- not just the Jews. Our demon last week was as about this. ‘A light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of your people Israel,’ as Simeon said.

  2. Oh, Julie… you express it so well… and I will never forget the image of the eclipse without thinking of the fact that the darkness cannot overcome Christ, the light of the world. Beautiful and inspiring post! Your words lift my heart to the Creator in worship! ❤

  3. oneta hayes says:

    Every size light has a sphere of influence in the darkness. This post is so warming to my heart. And it contained a new thought to me. I had always supposed the Magi made that long trek together but it really is amazing if they came separately from different locations They could all be from the East without traveling together. What do you think? I like your new color here on your blog. Theme, wallpaper, whatever it is called. It is striking. 😀

    • Most images and thoughts of the story we usually see of the Magi are together but listening to the good Bishop, he tells us when exactly the story first emerged and that when he once attended a class while at the University, there where an astronomer, I say astronomer he may have said scientist, who came and offered current study of the Magi—he states that they were separate in their travel and quest, each being given the same information yet came together ,”converging” simultaneously —which makes sense given they were each from foreign lands….
      And thank you Oneta for your compliment regarding the colors of the page—I always like to mix it up as I get tired and I want it to be reflective of the seasons so the header image is always a picture I’ve taken but finding the right background and colors to match is hard as WP choices are limited….

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