LOVING THE LIGHT
“…And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that their deeds may be clearly seen, for they have been done in God.” (Jn 3: 19-21)
Yes, indeed. It is by doing what is “true” that I come to the Light, and so come to love the Light rather than darkness. The Light is God Himself, the Creator, so I receive creative energy by moving toward Him, however small and however slow my steps may be.
It is not an immense effort on my part, to do the next right thing, rather than avoiding it. But such daily, small steps are ever-regenerating, ever-new, because they are done “in God,” Who, unlike “darkness” is not a “nothing.” I mean, “darkness” or “evil” is the absence of Light, so its deeds are not creative, and thus never new. If I choose to “do evil,” I find that in essence I just do the same thing over and over again, in circles, in self-centered circles, the result of which is having nothing of value to share; having nothing to give. That’s why “evil” is full of neediness and isolation, in the self, which desires to be served and yet not to serve, and by all means to “not be exposed.” It is averse to vulnerability.
Today let me open up to the Light, in a bit of heartfelt prayer, as well as honesty toward myself and others. Let me recognize the Great Fact that “the light has come into the world” and is willing to walk with me, and share my vulnerability, on the light-giving and love-giving path of His cross.