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Wellspring - Fr. Lawrence 014

LIVE AS CHILDREN OF LIGHT

BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD.

Be in your prayer space, follow the usual steps and settle into silence.

Take a couple of gentle, slow and deep breaths…becoming aware of your breath going in and out… stay focused on this breath of life……

Breathe in all that is of God and from God…all that is true, honest, pure, admirable, noble, decent, virtuous, worthy of praise, good, loving, kind – all that deserves respect..

Settle into silence, into peacefulness, into profound silence, into pure joy. Keep listening in quietness, stillness and serenity. Come to that place, that space within, that place of deep silence – Solitude…to just being here and now, without having to accomplish something.

Our meditation today is on “Living as children of Light”. It is Saturday morning and we are together again for our meditation. Light has come and the darkness is beginning to vanish. Darkness does not feel at home with light! Light has arrived! Dress yourself in light. Celebrate God’s light!

I pray for you and for all, who, at this very moment, are welcoming and embracing God’s light. May God’s light dispel all the darkness inside and out and around and about. Darkness never feels at home with light! Light shines in the darkness! May the morning color you bright and fill you with light!

Take a moment. Bless your morning. Let your morning Bless you……Take another moment. Bless your world. Let your world bless you……

Every day that we wake up is a good day. Every breath that we take is filled with hope for a better day. Every word that we speak is a chance to change what is bad into something good.

Now I invite you to consecrate this day and all that come with this day….in your own way, in humble, simple, may be even inadequate words………..

Jesus said, I have come into the world as its light. The light shines on in the darkness and the darkness has no power to overcome it. (John 1, paraphrased)

Jesus also said to his disciples, “You are the light of the world. Your light must shine before all so that they see goodness in your actions and give praise to your heavenly Father. (Mathew 5:13-16)

Light dispels darkness, light makes things visible, light gives warmth, light heals, lights makes the way visible…

This is what the disciples are called to be for the world…..to be men and women whose presence dispels darkness, reveals the truth, encourages warmth of affection, facilitates healing of brokenness, awakens the sleeper, shows the way……

Darkness never feels at home with light! Light shines in the darkness! Darkness cannot shine in the light! Lean toward the light that God sends…….. Let God’s light dispel all the darkness inside and out and around and about.

Paul challenged Ephesians to live as children of light because they are light in the Lord. Those who were in darkness once have come into the light of Christ. Paul says, light produces benevolence, righteousness and truth (Ephesians: 5:8-14).     Children of light must cultivate generosity of spirit, work for justice for all and live in truth.
Just as Jesus was a light to other nations, the light that revealed justice and peace through Israel, today the world must experience justice and peace of God through us and our church and our church institutions.

Paul says, to live as children of light is to be imitators of God, as beloved children and live in love, as Christ loved us. It is unfitting for children of light to be involved in immorality or impurity or greed or obscenity or silly or suggestive talk. Light produces every kind of goodness, righteousness and truth. Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.

Paul advised the Ephesians and us today, watch carefully then how you live, not as foolish persons but as wise, making the most of the opportunity. Do not continue in ignorance, but try to understand the will of the Lord. Be filled with the Spirit, singing and playing to the Lord in your hearts giving thanks always and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father. (Ephesians 5)

Paul reaffirmed his teaching that the day of Christ’s final coming is not known….it will simply surprise us. He warned the Thessalonians (I Thessalonians 5:1-6) not to become complacent and encouraged them to be prepared and ready to welcome Christ whenever he comes. He encouraged them to live as children of the light, not of darkness, not in ignorance and sin, but in light and truth.

One day, Jesus healed a blind beggar (John 9:1-41). The blind beggar came to believe in Jesus. Belief in Jesus made the difference and his life was never the same. The man born blind enters the paradox of meeting Jesus, receiving his sight, then being expelled from the Synagogue. He was once a skillful beggar, self-sufficient, well positioned at a prime spot right next to the pool of Siloam. Now he could see and therefore he is faced with finding a job for the first time in his life…….and out of the Synagogue!

The San Francisco Examiner once reported that a blind man, who had been hired to work in a bank under a special government-funded jobs program, was leaving the bank one day when he tripped over his seeing-eye dog and fell down the steps. Miraculously, the fall and a sharp blow to the man’s head restored his sight. His joy was short-lived. Because he could now see, he no longer qualified for the jobs program and was fired from his position at the bank.

A nameless blind man moved from blindness to a new vision of himself and out the Synagogue to new life, to new risks, to new challenges! Knowing Jesus meant salvation for the blind beggar, but at great cost to himself.

Knowing Jesus means life-changing conversion for all of us. Be alert! Be awake! Be ready! Reflect on what it means for you to be children of light, to be light for others.

Lean toward the light that God sends…… Pray from the depth of your heart….Lead kindly light amid the encircling gloom, lead thou me on………..

Remember “lead kindly light” persons. Be with them. Let their light come in….Bless them……Let them bless you….

Be a “lead kindly light” person: warm, solid, wise, comforting, kind, gentle, loving, generous, compassionate…………

Take a moment and pray or sing the following poem of John Henry Newman.

Lead, Kindly Light, amidst the encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home,
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Should lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years!

So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it still
Will lead me on.
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!

Meantime, along the narrow rugged path,
Thyself hast trod,
Lead, Savior, lead me home in childlike faith,
Home to my God.
To rest forever after earthly strife
In the calm light of everlasting life.” (John Henry Newman 1833, The Pillar of the Cloud)

Fr. Gus Tharappel, msfs