23 June 2011
I think it was the Venerable Bede
who first commented on the connection between our Lord's Nativity and St. John the Baptist's, some six months prior. After our Lord's nativity, the light begins to grow; but after St. John's it begins to fade. "He must increase but I must decrease." It seems odd at the start of summer (at least up here in the northern hemisphere) to be thinking already of the days growing shorter. But such is the case. From now until the winter solstice, there will be less light in the sky each day. And that's a reminder as well how our earth lags behind the heavenly realities - for the Kingdom has already dawned in the Resurrection and yet its full joy and light await the day of the Parousia. We live in the "catch up" time.
Posted by William Weedon at 10:17 PM