Today I’ve been reflecting on these words from John’s Gospel:
“I, the light, have come into the world, so that whoever believes in me need not stay in the dark any more.”
I think I’ve been particularly drawn to them because I am very aware of how dark our world seems to be just now. It feels as if whatever direction we look in darkness threatens to engulf us. War, poverty, injustice, climate change and many other things that we see in our news emphasise the darkness that surrounds us.
It can be so easy to allow that to drain all the energy and hope out of us, leaving us exhausted and despairing. It seems particularly hard to deal with in Eastertide as we celebrate the new light of the risen Christ come into the world.
The words of the gospel turn our attention away from that darkness, not as a distraction or as an encouragement to ignore the reality. Instead the gospel reminds us of another reality, that the light of the risen Christ is here in our midst, waiting to lead us through the darkness into new life.
We might experience that light in glimmers and glances rather than in blinding flashes, but it’s a light that will not be overcome whatever we face. The promise of this gospel is that if we keep focused on the risen Christ his light will guide us whatever we have to go through.
Where are you glimpsing the light of the Christ guiding you today?