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Dwelling on the theme of Light – so appropriate to the seasons of Christmas and Epiphany, and featuring so prominently in the introduction to John’s Gospel – we’ll spend three weeks celebrating the dawning light of Christ, and pondering what this might mean for our lives, and for our world.

Today, we begin by wondering how Jesus’ story functions as the all-encompassing story – for, “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” Is it by violently taking over and erasing rival stories (in the mold of King Herod – Matthew 2:13-18)? Or, by gently gathering up and including each story within a much bigger story in which every one belongs?