The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. John 1.5
Epiphany, The Season of Light
Wednesday, January 6 was the Feast of the Epiphany. It is a time each year that we focus on and work to understand the light of Christ that comes into the world at Christmas. This year, as we watched the events in our nation’s capital unfold, it was also a reminder to all of us of the darkness that is in our world and in us. We remember that the light of Christ is needed as much now as it has ever been.
We all hoped and believed that as soon as the clock struck midnight on December 31, 2020 and we rolled over to 2021, we would just hit the reset button and all of the problems of 2020 would be gone. That was not the case. Darkness lingers. But this is the time of year when the days start to get longer and the light starts to overtake the darkness. Things do not automatically change because of the date on the calendar or the seasons of the Church.
But a light has come into the world. A light that will grow and spread. A light that causes hope and shines on truth. A light that does not allow ignorance, but calls us to work for justice and peace. We are called to live in the light and at Episcopal that is what we choose to do.
Our board and our faculty and staff have been actively engaged in training so that we are prepared to guide our students in “Brave Conversations.” We have not been and will not shy away from what is challenging. As an institution of learning we understand our responsibility to teach and to model humility, compassion, and civil discourse for our students, so that we can all learn about other people’s perspectives when it comes to the issues that affect our communities and our world. We promise in our mission to help our students live “purposeful lives.” We want them to live in the light.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness will not overcome it.
For the Human Family
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Rev. Kirkland "Skully" Knight
The Rev. Kirkland “Skully” Knight has served in Episcopal schools for more than 25 years as a teacher, coach and chaplain. Skully has been at the Episcopal School of Baton Rouge since 2011 and serves as the Senior Chaplain and Associate Head of School for Service Learning. Skully earned his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and his M. Div. from The University of the South at Sewanee. He has been married to his wife, Mary Sue, for 26 years and they have two daughters, Emily a 2018 graduate and Katie who is a senior.