Wednesday, April 24, 2013

“I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in Darkness.” (John 12: 46)

This section of John’s Gospel concludes the first part and introduces the second, that of the ‘hour’ of Jesus, of His Passion.  This return to the theme of Light is very important.  It is the same theme we encountered at the beginning of this Gospel and is usually proclaimed in the Christmas season.  “In Him was life and this life was the light of the world.  The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.  The true light came into the world that enlightens every man…” (Cf John 1: 4-5)

The aim of the coming of Jesus into the world is clear right from the beginning.  It is to illumine!  The light sends darkness away, dissipates the shadows.  Light is life!  Some prefer the darkness like those who do not want to see the light; who do not want to recognize that they are offered salvation from darkness, which is eternal life; and those who listen to the word of the Savior but do not want to observe it.

Jesus does not condemn; He enlightens!  Those who receive His light accomplish the first act of faith.  As the darkness continues to dilate, we who are enlightened may be ‘light’ for those around us.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will seek to understand how I can radiate God’s light around me. 

"Lord, grant that I too may be light, Your light shining through my being!"

- Living Scripture