"Then, God said, 'Let there be light.' And there was light." (Genesis 1:3) How straightforward. No dithering or debating. No trial and error. According to the Hebrew text, a command and the result. Light is the first thing God ordered. That is, placed in creation as the beginning of what would eventually be all there is. Without light no other living thing can exist. By Divine decree light exists as the source of all we can see, know, and feel. Is it no wonder Jesus is known to the Church as the Light of the World. The theological foundation for that statement is a discussion for another day. For this memo, light is the figment that excited my imagination in the week of America's Apollo 11 moon landing. As every school kid eventually learns, the moon only reflects the sun's light. It does not generate any solar-energy at all. Without the sun and its light, the moon would be invisible. For that, matter, without light, nothing else would be visible at all. Love may make the world go 'round, but light makes all that going 'round perceptible. Jesus is the light and the love and the center of God's creative ingenuity. Without Jesus, the second Person of the Trinity, there would be no creation. Now I'm broaching the theological underpinnings of The Light of the World business I stated was meant for another day. Let it be known, by decree we have light and by love we have Jesus. That could be a bumper sticker. If anyone sees one like that, let me know.
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