My last post was on the Light of the World: Jesus Christ, and not only Christ, but also His Church, which is His body. We crave light, especially during the depths of winter, and when storms come we fear its loss. Due to the large snow storms threatening my neighborhood lately, I've thought a lot about light and how much we need it to feel safe. So far, so good. No power outages yet, but it doesn't mean I shouldn't be prepared in case the darkness of winter closes in. How much more should we be prepared for life's darkness? How much more should we be in need of God's light?
In his first letter to the Church St. John writes that “God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.” This is a profound and comforting word that negates the philosophy (common among certain world religions) that claims dualism is the norm in both Creation and in God. John happened to see and experience just the opposite, both through his Jewish knowledge of the Scriptures and through his encounters with the Messiah. Jesus embodied the light of God and declared it firmly; to believe darkness is something that should be considered par for the course is untenable.