Wednesday, December 1, 2010
The feast however has obvious symbolism: Christ is the true light of the world and the events of Hanukkah are fulfilled in Him. In many ways the story of the Maccabees' success is a foreshadowing of Christ. The destruction and desecration of Israel is like the Fall. The light that restores the proper order in the Temple is brought by a miraculous and pure vessel, just as the immaculately conceived Virgin brought forth the Word Incarnate, who is the True light that will never cease to burn and shine in the world. As Christians, our Hanukkah is not only the re-dedication of the Temple but the re-dedication of creation by Jesus Christ. As we journey through Advent we prepare ourselves for this re-dedication which began when the Word became flesh.