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Darkness and Light – A Reflection

July 14, 2020

During these times of struggle… when science is ignored and selfishness reigns supreme it is hard to see the light. When the flames of hatred and fear are stoked and the flame of love is doused, we live in darkness. Yet as John’s Gospel tells us: “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5)

Various translations of this passage say that the darkness has not understood it, comprehend it, extinguish it, or put it out. Light… there is a proverb that says it is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness. Another says it is better to light a single candle than to stumble in the dark. The band Chicago sang this song which has always touched my heart: One Little Candle by Chicago

When I struggle during times of darkness, I need the reminder to walk towards the light. Even if the steps are small and difficult, we are called to walk towards the light of Christ. The Spirit gently guides us on that journey.

Thomas Merton said the following in his book, The Silent Life: The deepest need of our darkness is to comprehend the light which shines in the midst of it. (p. ix)

As we walk this journey together through the pandemic, divisiveness, and hatred; may we be guided by the Spirit and may we comprehend the light shining in the midst of that darkness. That is my hope, dear reader, that is my fervent prayer.

6 Comments
  1. Michael, thank you for this post, including your reference to Merton’s “The Silent Life”. Although you wrote within the context of the American experience of the pandemic, your post has much wider application. I’ve saved a copy for future use. Thank you.

  2. Thank you, Michael, for this inspiring, timely post and these words in particular: “may we be guided by the Spirit and may we comprehend the light shining in the midst of that darkness.” Amen! 💜

  3. Reblogged this on Anniegoose's Blog and commented:
    Awesome

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