April 20, 2016 – Wednesday in the 4th Week of Easter

Saint for the day: Conrad of Parzham (1818-1894)

Scripture Readings for today’s Liturgy:

    Acts 12:24 – 13:5    –    Psalm 67    –    John 12:44-5


“Jesus says, ‘I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness.’” (from today’s Holy Gospel according to St. John.)

I have to chuckle when I read the above words as I sit in the dark of our little house chapel early in the morning before the sun has even thought about shinning. But it’s amazing how quickly my eyes adjust to this darkness and in no time I’m able to see even in the apparent darkness.

I have the light that shines out from our tabernacle that really is enough to see everything in the room. Two candles on the altar; a votive light at the statue of Mary; and the light from my computer screen

From all of this, I have to come to the conclusion that believing in Jesus as the light of the world can be a reality if I only come up to Him – even from behind – and “touch the hem of his brilliance!”

It’s then, in the spark of that light that I am able to begin to see what the Lord calls me to. In these Easter Days when we’re reading about the rapid growth of the early Church we don’t just read it as a history project but, rather, as a model of what each one of us is called to do: “Go out into all the world and proclaim this ‘Good News’ that Jesus has brought light into a world that only knew darkness.”

At our baptisms each one of us was given a candle. A tiny sign of our commissioning to spread that “Light of Christ.” Isn’t there an old song that went, “… if everyone lit just one little candle what a bright world it would be?” Then, just to keep us honest, we’re reminded, “blowing out someone else’s candle doesn’t make our candle any brighter!”

I can’t help but be reminded of semester that I spent in Israel back in 1983. There were so many adventures that we were able to experience that it’s hard for me to sort through and isolate the most important. However, one of the more spectacular events was our climb up Mt. Sinai which began at 3:30 in the morning! We were told to not depend on our flashlights, but to let our eyes adjust to the ambient light. I was very surprised at how quickly I was able to adjust to walking in only like light of half a moon! What was most incredible was our making it to the top where we were actually able to look down on the clouds! We were high enough that we could understand how the ancients really did believe that they were at the gate of Heaven.

 In the end, we all had to admit that darkness can be a means to a good end if we seek to fine-tune our vision so that we are able to see where and how the Lord is leading us. And that brings us right back to square one where we, like the early believers, are sent outon the way to bring light into a darkened world. Amen!

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