“Et Lux in tenebris lucet et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt.” The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. (Jn. 1:15).
It's not an accident that for centuries, Christians have commemorated Our Lord's birth, His coming into the world at the Winter Solstice, when the world seemed darkest—when hope seemed to be dashed by forces of darkness. It is not an accident that we too, commemorate His coming, when things do not always look right in this world.
But there is God, who gifted us with Himself, His Son. Jesus is our Light even during the darkest night. That Light that once shone still shines as our Guide and Guardian.. He is the true light of the world. His love for us is the light that shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not, cannot, and will not overcome it. This is the meaning of Christmas that we celebrate at St. John Cantius Parish.
Christ the Light tangibly and truly enters the mess of our world by his Incarnation. Christ still enters in our world and our lives through the Sacraments, and really, truly, comes down upon our altars again this Christmas giving us renewed hope and a way to His Father.
We invite you to join us for our Christmas Masses and Devotions whether in person or through livestream. Thank you also for your generosity which helps us continue to serve our city and beyond to proclaim that Christ is the light that overcomes the darkness.
May Our Infant Lord bless you and your loved ones this Christmas.
Yours Sincerely in the Light of Christ,
Very Rev. Joshua S. Caswell,