“Whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God. (John 3:21)
Recently I stayed at my brother’s house for a few days. Since he has all the movie channels on his cable package I had the opportunity to catch up on all the latest movies. I didn’t recognize many of them by their title, so I had to watch a bit to get the plot. What I discovered is that I didn’t even have to watch them long to figure out the theme because everything was dark, even the daylight shots were grim and dimly lit. These, of course, were the crime and seriously depressing movies.
Sometimes life does seem rather grim and dark. It is part of the natural ebb and flow of life. Sometimes there is no rational answer for why things happen because sometimes it is simply fate. Recently I read that two thirds of cancer victims get the disease simply because they have bad luck. We have to deal with that darkness because it is there; but we usually don’t walk through it alone. Often there are family and friends and community to make the journey easier and of course there is often the inner sense that God is close at hand.
On the other hand sometimes the darkness in our life is self-inflicted. We make poor choices or follow our own desires rather than those of God. Sometimes in our stubbornness we shield ourselves from the light because our pride holds us to the dark side. Our lives become like a dark movie that feels like it is going to end badly and we are afraid to move into the light because we would have to admit to ourselves that we have flaws.
Yet if we can step courageously into the light hope will gradually seep into our hearts. Like a landscape of new fallen snow there will be brightness all around us and our hearts desire will be waiting in greet us with open hands.
All forms of darkness whether they are natural occurrences in life or caused by choices that we make have the potential for the brilliant light of insight and freedom, of hope and destiny, and the experience of God’s great love. So let us step into the light today and into the Divine Presence.
Questions for Reflection:
1. Is there darkness in my life right now? Is there a way into the light?
2. In past moments of darkness what helped me to find light?
Prayer: Jesus, lead me from the darkness into your light. Amen.
Janis Yaekel, ASC