“Faith is the capacity to remember in the darkness what we once saw in the light.” I’m not sure where or when I first heard this statement about faith but it has stuck with me. It is easy to believe when something is right in front of you in the bright light of day. But as the light fades on what you have witnessed and all you are left with is a memory, doubt begins to creep in.
John the Baptist appears at the very beginning of the Gospel of Mark. He came out of the wilderness calling people to
remember the light they had once seen. The prophet Isaiah had predicted that someone like John the Baptist would show up to help people remember. Isaiah spoke a word of hope, a word of faith to people who had given up hope and now only saw darkness.
He proclaimed: “A voice cries out: In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” (Isaiah 40:3)
On this second Sunday of Advent, we will light the candle of hope on our Advent wreath. Its flame may seem insignificant and small, but it shines forth to call us to HOPE. For light shines in the darkness and darkness has not and will not conquer the light of Christ.