As the year 2017 comes to a close, several media outlets will make their annual lists of all of the events that took place throughout the course of this year. What comes to your mind when you think back on 2017?

It seems to have been a year full of political turmoil, natural disasters, mass shootings, and countless stories of sexual abuse. Many of these events have contributed to a lack of moral values and virtues, a disdain for religion, and unprecedented rates of depression in our society. With a heavy heart, we might be tempted to think about all the darkness that appears to have overcome the world. We might be tempted to despair and lose hope.

But then, today’s Gospel reminds us that, “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

As believers in the Light of Christ, we know how this story unfolds. The battle has been won. Death has lost its sting. Victory is Christ’s.

No matter what trials and tribulations this world might endure, Christ will be the Light that shines in the darkness. All who accept Him will be called children of God, will receive grace in place of grace, and will see His glory. The darkness will not overcome the light.

“And the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us, and we saw His glory, the glory as of the Father’s only-begotten Son, full of grace and truth.”

As we enter 2018, cling to this truth and commit to living it. The Light shines in the darkness. Live as to reflect the Light of Christ and the glory of God.

How will your outlook on life and your actions daily reflect your confidence in God’s Word and His promises in the New Year?

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