“Immediately after the suffering of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see ‘the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven’ with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Light a candle and quietly contemplate the following words from Meister Eckhart. As the days grow shorter through the month of December, how does it feel to know God's presence as the darkness?
God’s darkness is a superessential darkness.
A mystery behind mystery,
a mystery within mystery that no light
has ever penetrated.
The final goal of being
is the darkness and the unknowability of the hidden divinity,
which is that light which shines
‘but the darkness cannot comprehend it.” (Jn.1.5)
In closing your prayer time today, you may wish to use this prayer:
Jesus Christ is the light of the world.
The light shines in the deepest night,
and the night cannot overcome it.
Stay with us now, for it is evening,
and the day is almost over.
Let your light disperse the shadows
and shine within us here.