Wednesday, April 29, 2015
4th Week of Easter
1st Reading: Acts 12:24–13:5
Gospel: Jn 12:44–50
Jesus had said, and even cried out, “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 into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.
“If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I am not the one to condemn him; for I have come, not to condemn the world, but to save the world. The one who rejects me, and does not receive my word, already has a judge: the very word I have spoken will condemn him on the last day.
“For I have not spoken on my own authority; the Father who sent me has instructed me in what to say and how to speak. I know that his commandment is eternal life, and that is why the message I give, I give as the Father instructed me.”
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
Why do children love the freedom of light while adults love the secrecy of darkness? The reason is perhaps because children have many things to reveal while adults have many things to hide. When darkness and light are taken as symbols of evil and good respectively, we understand why Jesus preferred to be associated with light.
We shouldn’t worry about children being so afraid of the dark but about grown-ups being so scared of the light. When adults prefer darkness over light it is usually because they have something evil to do. (Incidentally the word “adult” is associated with things responsible parents cannot afford to show to their children).
We were all children ones. How have we learned to love the deeds of darkness? At baptism our parents and sponsors lighted candles for us to mark the day we became children of the light. Where have all those candles gone? We do not even know what happened to those candles after the baptismal rite. Had our parents and godparents kept them for us we would have in our possession a romantic souvenir to prick our conscience each time we fail to shine as good Christians. In any case, the failure to keep us walking along the path of light is the bigger act of omission of our parents and godparents.
We are told in science that light is the presence of all colors. There’s got to be a lot of harmony in there, otherwise the hodgepodge of all colors would result to a dark mixture. As children of the light we are supposed to live in harmony, a life of synergy resulting from a lifestyle structured according to the values of Christ. Just as the spectrum of light is so arranged from red to violet projecting an awe-inspiring rainbow of colors, so our life structured according to the values of Christ will paint joy in the canvass of the daily grind. We become bearers of that joy and lead others to the source of it all – Jesus the risen Christ flooding the world with the light of the resurrection. – Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., DM. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.frdan.org.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: God our Father, may we live in the light of Christ and so become light for others leading them to the way that leads to eternal life – Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
SAINT OF THE DAY: ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA was born in 1347 of a rich family in Italy. Although she died when she was only 33 years old, she’s one of the few women to be declared Doctor of the Church.