COVID is inflicting so much pain in so many ways that you may wonder whether the Light of the World that has come has gone out. You are so alone, depressed and struggling that you wonder whether the Light of the World that is present now can provide enough light to illuminate your darkness. So many millions are hungry, victims of injustice and barely surviving day-by-day that you wonder whether there is really any hope that the Light of the World will brighten the world with new life. Yes, the world may seem so dark in so many ways. But the Light of the World has not been extinguished. Indeed, it is growing brighter and brighter, and will fill every dark place. This is the promise of Christmas. This is the hope of Christmas. This is the reality of Christmas.