“…Besides this you know what hour it is, how it is full time now for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light;” (Rom 13: 11-12)
These transitions – from darkness to light, and from sleep to waking up – happen every day, in my physical world. But they also happen daily inside me, in a spiritual sense, and that’s what St. Paul is talking about. He’s saying, wake up again today, and choose light. “Cast off the works of darkness,” whatever bothersome darkness may have clung to you from yesterday, and “put on the armor of light.” I am called to make this transition every day, without hesitation or fear or denial of yesterday or today.
So let me take note of what I’m letting go of, what I’m “casting off” from yesterday, in brief self-examination, and then prayerfully look forward, in God’s light, toward this coming day. I don’t face it unarmed or alone, but I “put on the Lord Jesus Christ” as the Apostle reminds me in a following verse (Rom 13: 14). It rather blows my mind as I get dressed this morning. Glory be to Him.