Arise, shine, for your light has come. The Glory of Yahweh rises upon you. Night still covers the earth and gloomy clouds veil the peoples, but Yahweh now rises and over you his glory appears. Lift up your eyes round about you and see.
What did you see when you walked into church tonight?
Christmas decorations, the nativity scene, the contrast between the darkness and the light? Or maybe you saw other people gathering, all of us here looking for something or more accurately, looking for someone.
What did you see?
This past week I decided to go to the movies to watch Avatar: The Way of the Water. Throughout the movie they kept repeating the phrase “I see you.” I wasn’t understanding the meaning, so I decided to re watch the first movie in order to understand it better. I found the scene where Norm is explaining to Jake what this phrase means.
Jake is sitting there, repeating the phrase several times trying different intonations: “I see you, I SEE you, I see YOU,” Norm is losing his patience and tells him “It’s not ‘I see you’ because you’re standing in front of me. It’s I see you. I see into you. I see you. I’m accepting you. I understand you.”
I think sometimes we are like Jake and we only see what is in front of us, and like the prophet Isaiah tells us we let the Night cover us and the gloomy clouds veil our vision. We see our failing health, financial problems, family situations, and world issues. Or sometimes we only see our surroundings which have become so familiar that they seem ordinary or routine to us: we come to the same mass, we sit in the same chair, with the same people, we repeat the same words and do the same gestures.
But tonight, is going to be different. Arise, shine, for your light has come. The Glory of Yahweh rises upon you. Night still covers the earth and gloomy clouds veil the peoples, but Yahweh now rises and over you his glory appears.
Your Light has come! He is here! Emmanuel, God with us!
Lift up your eyes and see, Jesus is here, and He is saying to you: “I see you. I see into you. I see you. I’m accepting you. I understand you…. I love you!”
Don’t let this night pass without looking at your Savior and saying to Him: Jesus, I see you!
Rosie Rosado, DRE