That double action of the light, landing and then sinking in, provides an underlying clue to the whole direction of Jesus’ ministry.
Those years between Jesus’ adolescence and public ministry there’s only silence, only the anonymity of what writers have termed The Hidden Life.
Consider what a wonderful blessing it is that God became a human being just like you.
The Christmas truth is that God’s light suffuses the dimness of those times and in the end beats back the encroaching darkness.
Advent (Ad: toward; Vent: coming), lays out the direction of the season. It doesn’t just celebrate the future but what of that future is being poured into the present.