In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life,and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. (John 1:1-5 NRSV)
When serious illness devastates a family, they find themselves in a dark place . . . for a time. When relationships end badly with violence or harsh words, victims are in darkness. When a person loses a loved one to death, there is nothing but darkness.
The Eiffel Tower stood in darkness last night, a testament to the horror of lost lives at the hands of terrorists. A nation stands in the darkness of grief. But it will not always be so. “In the beginning was The Word we know as the Christ. What came into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in darkness . . .”
So what is the treasure here? It is precisely this: a message to those who find themselves in the darkness. The light shines in darkness, and most importantly, “the darkness did not overcome it.”
So for those who find themselves in darkness on this day, for whatever reason, the darkness will not overcome you. Christ, who is with you and in you, is the light that never extinguishes.