Then Jesus cried aloud: “Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness.
I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my word has a judge; on the last day the word that I have spoken will serve as judge, for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak.
And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Light (hope) and darkness (despair) are both realities in our lives, but Jesus is always the light in the darkness. He also sends people to be a light of hope, love, and joy in our lives. Are we open enough to notice and to believe in this light? Who brings us light in our lives today? Do we savor and appreciate these people of light?
Jesus also sends us forth to be light in people’s lives. Who needs hope, love, and joy right now? Who needs our light?
Let us thank Jesus for being the ultimate light of the world showing us that light (hope) will always prevail over darkness (despair) and we pray that we can listen to his call to be light to others.
—Dr. Sajit U. Kabadi is the Assistant Principal for Mission, Ministry, and Diversity at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, CO.
God is there all the time, waiting. But, like God’s forgiveness, God’s will to share the divine aliveness with us can’t activate until we invite it. It is the heart-stopping understanding that despite our shortcomings, despite our seeming insignificance to most of those around us, the God who dwells in unapproachable light dwells within us. As he did in a Bethlehem stable.
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