John 8: 12-20.
Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent.
At least three times today I will stop what I am doing to lift my heart, my thoughts and my will to Jesus, reorienting my actions towards him.
Father, you call your children to walk in the
light of Christ. Free us from darkness and keep us in the radiance of your
Lord, grant me the light of faith.
1. I am
the Light of the World:
The world needs light. I need light. Christ came to teach us about
his Father. His life is a beacon amidst the gloom and haze of a life without purpose. His testimony
of life enlightens our minds, our hearts and our consciences. Jesus will one day say, I am the Way,
the Truth and the Life. I am the Way to the Father. All creation came to be through the one Word of
the Father. But creation itself was marred by man's sin. So the Word became flesh to make all things
new. Therefore all creation must pass through Me if it is to reach its point of rest in My Father's
house. I am the Truth about God and about man. Look to Me, meditate on My life and you will discover
the meaning, the purpose and the infinite value of your own life. From Me you will learn how to
properly conduct yourself in relation to the Father and your neighbor. My truth gives light to your
conscience especially in those moments of morally difficult decisions. I am Life itself, the source
of your natural and supernatural life. "And this life became the light of men" (John
2. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of
There are moments when this statement seems altogether untrue; moments in life when the
soul seeking to follow Christ and to dedicate itself to extending God's Kingdom ends up persecuted,
alone and confused. Consider how Our Lady faced situations when she did not clearly comprehend God's
ways: Joseph's decision to divorce her, the birth in a stable, the martyrdom of the Holy Innocents,
the flight to Egypt, the child Jesus lost in the Temple, the trial, scourging, crucifixion and death
of her son. It was precisely in this darkness that the light of faith guided her "more surely than
the noon-day sun" (St. John of the Cross). It is the light of this faith in the God that we do not
see that enables us to love our brothers and sisters that we do see. It is the light of this faith
that permits us to grasp the divine and human presence of Our Lord in the consecrated host. It is
the light of this faith that allows us to find God's image in each person from the moment of
conception up until the last drawn breath, regardless of race, creed, physical or mental capacities.
Faith, real and true faith, transforms our entire lives. Even when faced with the deepest solitude,
the cruelest sickness, the bitterest moral pain, a soul that believes and lives in accord with faith
feels intimately happy. It knows that with its suffering it shows its love for God, becomes more
like Jesus Christ, and collaborates a little in the salvation of souls by joining its suffering with
those of Jesus".
3. I know where I came from and where I am going:
insists on the total identity between the Father and the Son. Jesus does not "stumble upon" his
identity nor does he just happen to be captured and crucified. Though he was in the form of God he
humbled himself and took the form of a slave" (Philippians 2) that we might "have life and have it
fully" (John 10:10). He came to lay down his life so that he might put to death our sinful nature
and take us up again in the newness of his life. As St. Irenaeus stated, "he recapitulates" all
things in his person. The full self-knowledge of who he is reveals to us the boundless freedom of
his love, a love that animates his every action, especially his death on the cross. Dying was his
reason for living.
Dialogue with Christ:
Dear Lord, in your light I see light.
In your life I find the explanation
of my own life. You are my meaning, my purpose and my
You also know that the demands of daily living deeply affect my life.
The tug and pull of the world constantly invite me down a path that,
followed, may one day separate me from you, my true joy. Grant
me the light of faith and
give me the grace to seek you generously
and sincerely so that, united to you, I too may
be light, salt and leaven
for those I meet today. Mother of Purity, make my heart only
At least three times today I will stop what I am
doing to lift my heart, my thoughts and my will to Jesus, reorienting my actions towards him.