Walking in the light…

Second Week of Advent –  Thursday 

John 12:35-36

Jesus said to them, “The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, lest the darkness overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” When Jesus had said this, he departed and hid himself from them.

I have been pondering over this text for a while and wondering what walking in the light would imply for me in today’s world. And the first thought that hits me is getting out of Church immediately after Mass and fighting my way through the throngs coming in for the next service, and rushing out to beat the traffic home. Isn’t the Eucharist meant to fill me with this light of Christ? And have I not just partaken of the banquet that the Lord provides?

That peace within me, that light is suddenly enveloped by the darkness of the world – blaring horns, cars zipping by, the crowds pushing every way, cursing, shouting, screaming… what has happened to the Peace of the Lord that we shared? I know it, and realise my folly, but I am human and prone to fall. But the Lord assures us that we must walk – give witness to Him, while his light leads us. We must believe that the Lord will show us the path, for we are sons of the light, not children of this world.

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