Friday, July 12, 2024


The coming of light is a strong theme in Epiphany, expressed particularly clearly in Isaiah 60. The light comes as the Lord rises upon his people. The magi following the star come to the light as they meet Jesus. The long and erratic journey that the magi make is seen by some as a picture of the way understanding and faith grow. The means by which faith grows are shown in other readings – see the role of Paul as apostle to the Gentiles (Ephesians 3: 8-9), and how other disciples are made (‘come and see’ says Philip to Nathaniel in John 1: 46).
The diocesan vision talks about sharing hope. Hope is a word that connects the coming of Christ with the longings of the people in our communities. The light that has come in Jesus Christ is good, hope-filled news, of God coming to bless people with forgiveness, new life, a community to belong to and confidence for the future.
As Bishop Mark said in his introduction: ‘Jesus has been born. It’s not an idea. It’s not a principle. It’s not some great plan that might happen one day. Jesus has been born. We have good news.’ The diocesan vision also talks about growing, braver fuller faith.
The gradual revelation of the light of God in Christ continues in us. We might pray for ourselves and others that in this coming year our faith would grow; would be braver; would be fuller, in shaping every part of our lives.

Arise, shine, for the Light of the World has come! Darkness covers the earth and its people, but the radiance of God’s Light burns away its shadows,
illuminates the furthest corner, and heralds in the start of a new dawn, where hearts no longer fear, souls might be set free, and sister shall follow brother, nation shall follow nation, and kings and princes bow down in awe before the one who comes to reign. Arise, shine, for the Light of the World has come!