Embrace the Light

Scripture Reading

Brothers and sisters:
You know the time;
it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep.
For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed;
the night is advanced, the day is at hand.
Let us then throw off the works of darkness
and put on the armor of light;
let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day,
not in orgies and drunkenness,
not in promiscuity and lust,
not in rivalry and jealousy.
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ,
and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.
(Romans 13:11-14)

Scripture Study

13:11 salvation is nearer: With reference to our personal judgment as well as to Christ’s future return in glory (Heb 9:27, 28; 1 Pet 1:5).

13:12 the night: The present evil age, when death and darkness still pervade the world (Gal 1:4). It is essentially a time for conversion, until the unending day of eternity dawns (Rev 22:5). In the meantime, Christians must be on guard against the devil, protecting themselves with the armor of light (Eph 6:11–17; 1 Thess 5:8).

13:14 put on the Lord Jesus: That is, renew the commitments you made at Baptism, when you were first clothed with Christ (Gal 3:27). One has to flee the occasions of sin that entice the flesh.[1]

Scripture Reflection

The Church uses this inspired text in the liturgy of Advent to help us prepare for the coming of the Lord. Christ came into the world by his Incarnation; he also comes to souls through grace; and at the end of time he will come as Judge. Rising like the sun, he dispelled the darkness when he came into the world, and he continues to dispel whatever darkness remains in souls the more he obtains mastery over the hearts of men.[2]

Bishop Robert Barron asks: “Why does the coming of the Son of Man strike fear in us? If he is the Son of God, then he will break into our sinful world like a cleansing fire and like a wild storm and like a violent revolution. Well, if he is the life, that life which is opposed to him has to give way; and if he’s truth, then false claimants to truth must cede to him; and if he’s the way, then the false ways have to be abandoned. And all of this will hurt. So we must watch, pray, and renounce our sins.”

May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV. 




[1] The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: The New Testament (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2010), 277.
[2] Saint Paul’s Letters to the Romans & Galatians, The Navarre Bible (Dublin; New York: Four Courts Press; Scepter Publishers, 2005), 126.