Study: Are there parts of my life that are in the dark? Is there anything that needs to brought into the light of Jesus?
Pray: Ask the Lord for light to see insight and out – both in your heart and in your relationships. Pray for the strength to face what you see.
Serve: Is there someone in your life struggling to face God’s light? How can you help them see clearly?
Most of us use our sense of sight more than any other. We are visually oriented – in our reading, electronic media, use of film, and interaction with one another.
But sight requires light to see clearly. We stumble in the dark, get disoriented easily when we cannot see, and can lose our way without our gift of sight.
This is not just true in the physical world, but in the spiritual as well. Our lives are defined by the choices we make, the words we speak, and the actions we perform. They are all evidence of what’s really going on in our heart. In the spiritual light of faith we understand who we are; we can examine our lives by the light of Jesus and discover ourselves.
Furthermore, in the light we can be truthful with one another. We tend to hide our sins and weaknesses in the dark – to cover up our failures and avoid exposing our messes to the light where others can see them clearly. Yet we also know that those who love us most truly know us the best, warts and all. They love us not because we are perfect, but because their love (which sees us clearly) is greater than our weaknesses.
The readings today give us a lot of thoughts about light:
- Light shines on us in our darkness (1st)
- The Lord is our light (Psalm)
- Light leads to repentance (Gospel)
- In the light Jesus calls us to follow (Gospel)
Is there a darkness in our lives today? Have we been stumbling in the dark and lost our way to God and one another? Jesus Christ brings light which will not only reveal our lives on the inside but also on the outside. God’s light uncovers who we truly are and how we relate to others. In the light we can be honest, sincere, and real. In the light we can acknowledge our failures and return to the one who forgives us.
The invitation: come into the light! We do not need to be afraid – God knows us better than we know ourselves. Stepping into the light helps us to recognize where we can grow, so we can be transformed by the grace of Jesus and live in His light.
- On the inside – we fearlessly look at the darkness in our hearts.
- On the outside – we face the darkness in our relationships.
Once the light of Jesus helps us to see clearly we can make the changes we need to live authentically as his disciples. By His light we can receive the grace, guidance, wisdom, and strength we need. Let there be light!