Theme: Those walking in darkness have seen a great light.
Apart from those who live in the polar regions of our planet Earth, most peoples experience day and night on a daily basis. In addition to the routine occurrences of sunrise and sunset, there are other experiences of light and darkness which assist us to understand today’s scripture readings presented in rear eclipses of the sun and moon which misconstrued fear among the people of old due to abrupt unexpected general darkness over the earth. Before these phenomena were understood by scientists, eclipses were regarded as portents of evil interpreted as Earth in crisis. Survivors of wars narrate dreaded blackouts whereby all was darkened preventing the enemy from detecting targets for their attack. For the Hebrews, this was only done by the power of God because He is able to render surprises.