Posted by: livingscripture | May 2, 2012

Fourth Wednesday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

“I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness.”

                                                       (John12: 46)


How should we live this Word 

Light and darkness are two realities in perennial conflict since the beginning of history.  The first pages of Genesis open on a closed horizon, immersed in darkness until God’s light erupts into it with its fecund action.  Life emerges almost as a cry of victory but it is immediately threatened by the darkness that seeks to obliterate it.  This menacing darkness is definitively conquered by the Resurrection. Christcame out victorious.  In His Name, no one will remain a prey to the ancient enemy.

This is both a very necessary and comforting certainty especially today when this struggle seems to heighten, immersing everything in the moving sands of doubt and uncertainty.  It seems as though the horizon is inexorably closed and every hope buried.  We are afraid to look to the future.

However, it is precisely on this scenario that the Light of Christ shines.  It has never gone out.  It is up to us as believers to hold it high so that it may continue to illumine those who dwell in darkness, crushed by the weight of a meaninglessness existence because it has lost the face ofChrist.

We must be ‘sentinels of the morning’ announcing that the sun is already high in the sky.  This is the task entrusted to us today and that is more than ever needed.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will open myself to the radiant light of the Risen Christ.  Inundated by it, I will gaze with hopeful eyes on our times and bring a breath of hope to those I meet.

Lord, make me a joyful and convinced witness of Your victory over every darkness.  Help me to light the lamp of hope where I live and work. 

The voice of Blessed Pope John Paul II 

Now more than ever, it is urgent that you be ‘sentinels of the morning,’ the sentries who announce the light of dawn and the new springtime of the Gospel whose shoots we can see already.


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