December 19, 2020

Were you afraid of the dark as a kid?  Waking up in a dark room, walking into the basement, or being outside in the late hours of the night can still make my heart pound and cause my breath to become shallow!  The uncertainty and the powerlessness of our senses during these moments are, nevertheless, an excellent analogy for our spiritual lives.  Indeed, it is when scientific certainty and clarity of intellect give way to that slow process of trust, that we begin to really and truly walk in intimacy and friendship with the Lord who calls us forth from the shadows of the night (cf. Jn 3:2).  Indeed, maybe the darkness really is not that dark after all.  Maybe our minds, which have become the seedbeds for all sorts of expectations and illusions and ideas about life and the way things should be have been dark all along and we just don’t recall what the light is like!  Let us, therefore, learn to not be afraid of the dark (Jn 6:20).  Let us remember that “the light of the world” (Jn 8:12) can only be perceived at the level of the heart (cf. Rom 10:9).  And above all else, let us not forget that Jesus rose from the dead “while it was still dark” (Jn 20:1) .  Ave Crux, Spes Unica!

3 thoughts on “December 19, 2020

  1. For so many years I didn’t know what it was to be afraid. As a young boy I guess I gave up or just kept training myself to be fearless. Being alone has a tendency to do this, I think. Life has a way of giving you the wrong opportunities when you are lost. It has its place in this world. But Jesus was always with me protecting me and now he is showing me that to be afraid in Him is okay. It’s not doubt, but the motivation for faith, for me to seek and understand Him more and more. It’s a coincidence of opposite. The Lord continues to make crooked lines straight. He takes us and molds us based on our individual environments and cultures. That light that shines through the darkness. Thank you.

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