LIGHT OF MY PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE


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.’ The Pharisees then said to him, ‘You are bearing witness to yourself; your testimony is not true.’ Jesus answered, ‘Even if I do bear witness to myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I have come from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. You judge according to the flesh…’” (Jn 8: 12-15)

What kind of “light” is Christ talking about? His kind. It is His divine, illuminating “testimony” or word to us, which gives me a proper perspective or “judgment.” Communion with Christ allows me to know “where I have come from” and “where I am going,” in His light. It often liberates me from merely-human, delusional perceptions of things. This means that the light of Christ illuminates both my past (“where I have come from”), so I don’t perceive it with resentment or ingratitude, and it guides me toward my future (“where I am going”), not “according to the flesh” but according to my “vocation,” that is, God’s voice in my life. Lord, shed Your light on my past, present, and future today, that I don’t walk in darkness.

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