“The light that the prophet Isaiah had foretold is present and encountered in the Gospel,” Pope Francis said on January 6, 2019, the Solemnity of the Lord’s Epiphany. He stressed that Jesus’ manifestation is symbolized by light.
“This light is promised in the prophetic texts: light is promised,” Francis recalled. “Isaiah, in fact, addresses Jerusalem with these words: ‘Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you’ (60:1). The prophet’s invitation — to arise for the light is coming — seems surprising because it is placed after the harsh exile and the numerous vexations that the people

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