The Light of the World

Sometimes it seems like we are standing alone in a pitch black alley with no idea how to find our way to safety, comfort, or at least a place with enough light that we can see. Strained relationships, pain, isolation, and seemingly unforgivable mistakes can leave us feeling as if we could never find such a light to lead us out of our darkness and uncertainty. Sometimes the darkness isn’t so drastic, but it is still just as real. The Christmas season reminds us that Jesus came as our light to free us from the darkness of sin and human suffering. A bright light lit up the sky leading the magi to the baby King Jesus. Similarly, Jesus, the light of the world, lights up the path to the Father through His example of how we are to live. In God, there is no darkness or uncertainty.

As we move away from the Christmas season, the message that Jesus is the light of the world seems to be forgotten and it sometimes fades into the darkness. As we look around, the physical world around us is still dark. Many of us leave our homes in the dark only to return when it is already dark, never seeing the daylight. We turn on the news to hear of shootings and other acts of violence, famines, and neglected children. In the eighth chapter of John, Jesus reassures us: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to recognize where God is illuminating your path. Trust that God will be the lamp unto your feet in times of struggle and of happiness. When we think that the darkness is too great, the troubles too big, the sins unforgivable, remember: Jesus “was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:4-5).

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