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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (Mk 13: 31)

Which “heaven” will “pass away”? The sky we see above us. It’s not the “no heaven” that John Lennon called us to “imagine,” with “above us, only sky,” no. In fact this sky, this earth, along with the words of John Lennon, will pass away. “But according to his (the Lord’s) promise,” as St. Peter explains, “we wait for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” (2 Pet 3: 13) All this will pass, to be fully made over and made “new” by our One Creator, by His life-creating Word.

Let me also be made “new” this morning, once again, by the ever-life-creating words of our Lord, which will not pass away. I need not be dragged down by merely-human words and imaginings, either those in my head or those comi...

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Mt 5: 14-16)

This passage is read on the feast of the Three Holy Hierarchs, Sts. Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom, celebrated today (NC). They “let” the “light of the world,” Christ (Jn 8: 12), “so shine” through them, that it lit up the lives of all who encountered them.

When I choose to “let” Christ light up my life, connecting with Him in my heart, I can also be of service to others, shining love onto hatred, forgiveness onto wrong, harmony onto discord, hope onto despai...

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” (Jn 8: 12)

How many times have I heard these words, and they just passed over me? But this morning, while it’s still dark outside and a group of drunks is singing and laughing outside my windows in the center of Vienna, I just came across this passage and it’s almost overwhelming. It’s “killing me softly,” if that doesn’t sound too cheesy. (Sorry to those of you who will now have Roberta Flack’s voice in your heads).

What does it mean, to “have the light of life”? It means walking and talking and reacting to things in God-reliance, rather than burdensome self-reliance. It means breathing the fresh air of the Lord’s presence, in the sense of belongi...

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life (τὸ φῶς τῆς ζωῆς).’” (Jn 8: 12)

What is “light”? In physical terms it is that which enables us to see. In theological terms it is God Himself, whose presence enables me to see things as they are, rather than how I wish or imagine them to be.

Let me not walk in darkness today, because I don’t have to. “God is the Lord and has revealed Himself to us.” (Ps 117: 27) Blessed is He Who comes, and blessed are we who receive Him, and choose to walk in His light and lightness.

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