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Into the Light

He was not the Light, only a witness to speak for the Light
Isaiah 61:1-2,10-11; Luke 1:46-50,53-54; I Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8,19-28

Sermon Week Third Sunday of Advent Cycle B

Scripture Summary John 1:8

Some of you may have read about the small Norwegian town of Rjukan (pronounced roo-kahn) which was in the news a few years ago. Situated between steep mountains, for six months every year the little town is shrouded in semi-darkness as the great peaks cast their shadows over the terrain below. And during the winter months, the only way the residents of the town can get a dose of sunlight is to take a cable car ride to the top of a nearby ridge. That is, until one cold October day when the entire village assembled to witness a miraculous event -- for the first time ever faint rays from the winter sun reached the town’s market square!

But how did it happen? What brought the town out of the shadows and into the light? Believe it or not, a local artist devised a plan to install three giant mirrors high on the mountain. The solar-powered, computer-controlled mirrors steadily track the movement of the sun across the sky, reflecting its rays down onto the square and bathing it in bright sunlight. And now, finally, Rjukan has found its place in the sun!

On that October day, to mark the occasion of the mirrors' dazzling debut, a band performed the popular song, “Let the Sunshine In.” The cheering town's people -- some on beach chairs and donning sunglasses -- watched that first moment as the sun crept from behind a cloud to hit the mirrors and reflect down onto their families, neighbors, and friends below.

Said one woman who witnessed that first light, “Before when it was a fine day, you knew that the sky was blue, and you knew that the sun was shining. But you couldn’t quite see it. It was very frustrating. And now this feels warm," she beamed. "It will be lovely to come out for an hour and feel this warmth on my face.”

In today's Gospel Lesson, John the Baptist is described as a man "sent by God ... as a witness to speak for the Light so that everyone might believe through him. He was not the [...]

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