Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27:1, 4-9; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23
Light is light. And only light can bring our fragmented darkness into proper perspective and allow us to see things whole.
When fairy tales begin with the familiar phrase “Once upon a time,” they signal a mythical point of departure: the beginning of a great adventure. If Matthew had known this phrase, he might have employed it to introduce the calling of the first disciples, since his version of this story begins with the breathless anticipation of a fairy tale.
In the United States, it is rare to hear someone define herself as belonging to someone else. Here, we belong to ourselves.