“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him nothing was made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (Jn 1: 1-5)

Today, as those of us on the Older Calendar prepare for the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, and those of us on the “New” calendar celebrate the day of St. John the Theologian, I’m thinking about the fundamental, primary truth St. John reveals to us about our cross-carrying Lord Jesus Christ, the Word of God. Namely, St. John identifies Him as the Source of Life and Light, God.

It is true that the Lord calls me to “love,” “mercy,” “humility,” “patience,” “wisdom,” “compassion,” and so on, when He invites me to take up my cross and “follow” Him (Mt 16: 24). But ultimately, that to which He is calling me is Life, – not just the biological kind, in which I can participate, while being one of “the walking dead,” disconnected from Him. He calls me to share in His Being, in communion with Him, on the light- and life-bringing Way of the Cross, that I may “have life abundantly (περισσὸν)” (Jn 10: 10). So let me join the creative flow of God’s energies today, without which “nothing was made that was made,” by re-connecting with Him, and opening up to His light. It enables me to grow, as God wants me to, and as I cannot, when I choose to remain alone in the dark.

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