Saint Sylvester I, pray for us – 

John thought of the birth of Jesus as the coming of light into this darkness. “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” The tiny light that had first shone in Bethlehem was still shining nearly a hundred years later. Christmas tells us that God has turned a light on, and left it on. And nothing can ever put it out. However, dark the world becomes because of our sins and our inhumanity to one another the light will always be there. Christmas is a night-light for the world.