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23rd Sept. 2018 - 25th Sunday of the Year B

posted 20 Sep 2018, 07:02 by Veronica Yarwood

H.B. & Hw.

Now there is a promise! "Anyone who follows me will

have the light of life." (Jn: 8.12) But that is what the

Lord says. "I am the light of the world. . . anyone who

follows me will have the light of life."


What a promise, what a message, what a word! So

what kind of light are we talking about? What kind of

light is the Lord? Condemnation, shame and death

seem to be what's on offer. . . and resurrection. And

that is light indeed. That is the glory of our Lord, Jesus

Christ. We are called to share this glory and that is

very, very Good News.


It takes a paradigm shift in our way of thinking and

perceiving to begin to grasp the Good News for real, to

be moved by the promise of resurrection and glory in

our every living reaction. But it is possible, even for us.


The process is called prayer and the activity is raising

the mind and heart to God in season and out of season,

daily and constantly. Little by little it is all change. We

are transformed and we have the light of life. We

plumb the mystery of our being. The truth dawns.


We come to know and live with the reality who is

saving God. We experience God's upholding power,

his hearing us and his listening. And the Godlessness

that is all about us in whatever shape or form is

powerless to deflect us. We have very God for helper

and upholder.


As Francis Thompson expresses it in his poem, "In no

strange land":


O world invisible, we view thee,

O world intangible, we touch thee,

Oworld unknowable, we know thee,

Inapprehensible, we clutch thee.


Such is the dimension, the all embracing dimension we

enter through prayer. It is our life's enlightenment.

The Lord spends the night in prayer and becomes the

light of the world. And Jesus says to each one of us and

all of us, "I am the light of the world. . . anyone who

follows me will have the light of life."

So each day we waken to the sound of silence and listen

to divinity. Aware of the stillness, we are conscious of

infinite force. And life reveals the Christ who is light.

Hence abiding illumination throughout the universe. It

is the glory of Godhead. And we do indeed, view the

invisible, touch the intangible and know the