10 May 2017: I, the Light, Have Come into the World

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Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Reading 1: Scts. 12:24 – 13: 5a; Ps. 67: 2-8; Gospel: Jn. 12: 44-50

I, the Light, have come into the world( Jn 12/46).
God is the absolute mystery. God is equally the indispensable mystery of human life. Divine revelation in the diverse religions of the world on the one hand and man’s effort to comprehend God in the mother, meet in the innumerable symbols that are used to represent God. Probably one of the most universally recognised symbols of God is light. The lighting of a lamp is one of the most universal religious rituals. Together with air and water, light is one of the most essential and basic needs of human life.

In the Gospel today, Jesus describes himself very succinctly and profoundly as the light that has come into the world. While this symbol of the divinity of Jesus may be universal, the uniqueness of the person of Jesus is given to us by Jesus himself. Jesus says I have come not to condemn the world, but to save the world ( v 47b).

From experience, we all know that light has both negative and positive functions. From a negative perspective, light reveals the shortcomings sand failures of human life. No wonder many people fear the light, as Jesus himself observes: For everyone who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed ( Jn 3/20). From the positive perspective, light reveals new paths and incentives. Jesus assures us that his coming as light has this positive dimension. The coming of Jesus Christ as light is not to find fault or condemn but to renew and save. The negative reality is by no means denied. It is simply not the primary focus. As modern positive psychologists unanimously affirm, the most effective strategy for change is not to fight the negativities of our life but to recognise and develop one’s positive character strengths. Jesus is indeed the master psychologist. Jesus is not concerned with what we are but helps us become what we can be, happy and holy children of God. The light of Jesus has a positive role than negative one in our life. So there is no need to fear the light of Jesus. May the power and grace of the Eucharist today, help us to wholeheartedly welcome the light of Christ into our hearts and souls.
Lord Jesus may we welcome you, the Light, into our lives

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