Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Today's Gospel finds Jesus talking about light and darkness: Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light." To understand His meaning we will do well to remember the creation, when God made the heavens and the earth, and the earth was formless and void, and dark. And nothing good was said about it, although God is good. But it was not until He spoke that the light was created, and it was good. And God separated it from the darkness. So did He embed in the fabric of creation this illustration of good and evil.
For the true light is Christ, and in His crucifixion He is like a candle placed on a lampstand, that He may enlighten all who look upon Him in faith, and save them.
The vigil of Easter, which is only a few days away, illustrates this well: from the one Paschal candle all the hand-candles are lit, even as Christ the Light of the world enlightens our hearts.