O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Mother of Eternal Light

Icon of the Theotokos Directress, known in Latin
terms as Our Lady of Light, who directs us to her
Son, the Light of the World. 

The Eastern Churches, in the Akathist of Thanksgiving chant: "When the lightning flash has lit up the feasting-hall, how feeble seems the light of the lamps." When you have a small LED light in a dark room in the middle of the night, the light seems very bright, for it is surrounded by nothing other than more of itself. But when the same light is lit at the brightest point of the noonday sun, there is so much glare of the sun on the bulb that none of the bulb's own light can be seen.

So it is with human emotions and worldly pleasures versus Divine Love. Sin on it's own seems good when it is surrounded only by more of itself away from God. But when the sin is held up to Christ the Light of the World, the light of sin is so insignificant that it cannot even be seen-so radically more intense is the light of Divine Love over the sin of the world. It is a difference that can only be appreciated when you have seen both. Show someone the glory of Divine Love and once they have considered it seriously, they will see themselves as unworthy because they degraded themselves in such horrible sins. You don't even need to mention someone's sins to get them to repent. 

"And the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days: in the day when the Lord shall bind up the wound of his people, and shall heal the stroke of their wound."-Isaias 30:26