Isaiah 61:1-2,10-11; Luke 1:46-50,53-54; I Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8,19-28
Some of you may have read about the small Norwegian town of Rjukan (pronounced roo-kahn) which was in the news a few years ago. Situated between steep mountains, for six months every year the little town is shrouded in semi-darkness as the great peaks cast their shadows over the terrain below. And during the winter months, the only way the residents of the town can get a dose of sunlight is to take a cable car ride to the top of a nearby ridge. That is, until one cold October day when the entire village assembled to witness a miraculous event — for the first time ever faint rays from the winter sun reached the town’s market square!