Daily Reflection for Wednesday, April 27 2022
Peace and Blessings, Friends, and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Acts 5:17-26
Responsorial: Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Gospel: John 3:16-21
Our reflection on Wednesday’s readings:
“This is the verdict, the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil.” John 3:19
“Whoever lives in the truth comes to the light.” John 3:21a
As a follower of Jesus, the light of the world, I must ask: How do I live my life? In the truth? In the light?
How do we discern the difference between the true light of Jesus and an illusion of light cloaked in darkness? It is easy for our perception of truth to be swayed by motivating ideals and convincing speakers. It is also easy to be swayed by people who matter to us, friends, family and colleagues. It is hard to discern truth and make decisions that disappoint or make others uncomfortable.
One thing I do know, is that understanding and recognizing the truth sets me free to embrace and live in the light. Anything less than truth diminishes me and clouds my vision.
Understanding and recognizing the truth brings us into the light. Our souls recognize the truth and soar to heights unimaginable in the light of the Lord. The truth points us to what is important, right, and just. God sent Jesus to show us the way.
It would be easy for me to simply say, “follow Jesus, study his life, live as Jesus lived.” Taken literally, we might focus on the details of events in biblical times and miss discovering the direction for our own lives in the here and now.
It is the heart of Jesus that will give us the most insight into the truth, and how to live in the Light. It is the spirit, the intent, the underlining message of Jesus’ words and actions throughout his life on earth that gives us clear direction. Jesus also gave us his command to love one another (John 13:34). Therein lies the key to finding truth.
Do I trust the message of someone intent on dividing people, pitting one against another? Does setting some people as worthy and others unworthy for basic food, shelter, and care fit Jesus’ model for us? How about using violence for personal gain?
If it doesn’t fit Jesus’ message, I cannot find the light of Jesus by going in that direction.
Blessings to you,