20 November 2011

The bright light of the Incarnation in the dark of winter

The beach at Bettystown, Co Meath, this afternoon (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2011)

Patrick Comerford

It was like a Spring Morning this morning. The temperature rose from 12 to 15 on the way out to Rush earlier in the morning. On the way from Rush to Skerries, there was a crisp view across the islands and as far north as the Mourne Mountains. On the coast road from Skerries to Balbriggan, the sea was blue, and looking back there was a beautiful view back to the harbour in Skerries.

From Balbriggan, two of us went a few miles further north to Laytown, and then further along the coast to Bettystown, where we had lunch in Relish, with its stunning location looking down onto the beach and out to the sea.

As we went for a short stroll on the beach at Bettystown, the sky grew a little more grey. But the mild temperatures held up as we made our way back into the city centre to Saint Ann’s Church in Dawson Street, to join the first stage of the ‘Walk of Light 2011,’ an inter-church journey from Saint Ann’s Church in Dawson Street to the Methodist Centenary Church in Leeson Park.

The Walk of Light makes its way from Grafton Street into Saint Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2011)

It was dark when we left Saint Ann’s Church to make our way from Dawson Street through South Ann Street and down Grafton Street to Saint Teresa’s Church in Clarendon Street.

Coming back onto Grafton Street, the walkers, with our message of the Light of Christ coming into the world at Advent must have seemed to some to be in sharp contrast to the commercial demands of the brightly-lit shops in the city centre.

But Christ comes into the world as it is, and with a message that is always relevant. Is that not the beauty of the Incarnation?

No comments: