SHINING IN DARKNESS
“In him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. He was the true light that enlightens everyone coming into the world.” (Jn 1: 4-9)
Today I am reminded that Jesus Christ, “the light of all people,“ does indeed “shine in the darkness.“ This is why I need not hesitate to approach Him, in prayer, despite the shortcomings and “dark spots“ in my understanding of Him. I do not understand Him perfectly, and yet this lack of understanding is no obstacle to communion and enlightenment in Him. It is also no obstacle to testifying to Him, as John the Baptist did, although John did not “know“ the Son of God, Whom “no one knows except the Father“ (Mt 11: 27). It is not entirely different in our human relationships: our dedication and love for one another “functions“ despite the fact that we don’t perfectly “know“ one another or any human being, including ourselves.
Only God knows us as we are, and we are only given to know Him when enlightened by His true light, His Son, Who “enlightens everyone“ who steps into His light. Let me not hesitate to do that today, taking some time for heartfelt prayer and a bit of reading of His word. “In Him was life,“ says the Gospel of John, “and the life was the light of all people,“ – of all people, yesterday and today, with no exceptions.