Thursday, February 16, 2012

I am the light of the world...

Ego sum lux mundi;
qui sequitur me,
non ambulat in tenebris,
sed habebit lumen vitae

("I am the light of the world;
the one who follows me does not walk in darkness,
but has the light of life")
John 8:12

One doesn't accept these words at face value.  One has to have faith that enables these words to sink in with meaning.

So much of life appears dark and unclear, and if we believe that the appearance is all that really is, then we're in trouble.  But if we regularly refer our thoughts to the correcting value of the mind of Christ, then we're walking with clarity and precision.  Jesus is the light of the world.  He lights up the world.  He lights up our lives.  That light shows the way even when our mightiest powers of reason fail us.

But this is His promise, and believing Him who can do anything, and believing Him who can neither deceive nor be deceived, turns a spotlight on our steps, choices, and decisions that is flashed our way from heaven itself.

From Latin Sayings for Spiritual Growth
by Rt. Rev. Lambert Reilly, OSB

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