Scripture Reading: Isaiah 60:1-3
St. Francis made a very bold claim, he said; “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” How true!
Light is God’s singular weapon and solution to the problem of darkness. From the beginning of creation, when darkness prevailed, God called forth light, and the problem of darkness was addressed. The superiority of light over darkness was clearly stated in John1:5: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (RSV) Light has been and will always remain the only antidote to the problem of darkness; it is that which checks, polices and arrests darkness.
Our scriptural reference speaks of the darkness that covers the earth, and of the thick darkness that covers the people. This darkness is not physical but spiritual. It is the darkness of sin, the darkness of the ignorance of the saving power of the cross, it is a darkness that is controlled by the devil. It is this darkness that covers many men and women, young and old, and is prevalent in every sector of our society. This darkness is synonymous with bondage, and oppression, it breeds suspicion, insecurity, doubt, deception, fear and strife in an environment. Yet the Holy Spirit tells us today, that the same solution that God brought to the earth when a physical darkness covered it in the beginning, has again come to us.
He says “Arise, shine for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you…the Lord will arise upon you…” There is this light that the glory of God brings to any life that has brought itself under its beam. It is the same light that darkness has never been able to overcome. It arrests every work, manifestation and operation of darkness in any life or environment. Jesus says in John 8:12, “…I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” The only way to walk in light is to walk with Jesus. Christ is the light that lights up a life and dispel its darkness. When Christ arises upon a life, and such a one becomes His follower, darkness, no matter how thick, disappears. Such a life not only has light but also will be a custodian of the light of life. No wonder a Chinese adage says, “Don’t curse the darkness, light a candle”. You are the candle.
Beloved, as we walk daily in the light of Christ, we ourselves become light even to those around us. Jesus told us that, even as He is, we too are the light of the world. We are meant by God to be the solution to the problem of darkness in our families, church, schools, work and business places. Light is silent, it does not shout, yet wherever it is, it shines, and it never fails to shine in darkness. Beloved, as light, how well do you shine in darkness? Or does your light gets dim and is overshadowed by darkness? Light attracts people. How attractive has your life been to those around you? Or does your life repel men? Light reveals and exposes hidden things, do men shy away from sinful behavior when you are present, or are they bold to commit their atrocities before you?
No matter how small and insignificant you may appear, as light, all the darkness of the world put together, cannot remain before you, neither can they extinguish you. All you need do is to remain in Christ and walk in His light. God has lit you and has placed you where you are to be a beaming light for the people around. Let your light shine!
MASS: WHITE Acts 2:36-41; Ps 33:4-5.18-19.20.22(R.5b); Accl. Ps 118:24; Jn 20:11-18OCTAVE OF EASTER
1. Lord I come to You, let the light of Your glory beam on me in the name of Jesus Christ.
2. I beseech You Father to reveal any darkness in me and cause me to have the light of life.
3. May Your light reflect so much in me that men may see You in me in Jesus name.
4. Give me the grace to be a correct example for others to follow in the name of the risen Lord.
Exercise: Resolve to be a solution or help to someone in need.
Meditation: John 12:46