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May 11, 2022

Daily Reflection for Wednesday, May 11 2022
 

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/051122.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Acts 12:24-13:5a
Responsorial: Psalms 67:2-3, 5, 6 and 8
Gospel: Jn 12:44-50

Our reflection on Wednesday’s readings:
“I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness.”  Jn 12:46

We’ve all had rough patches in our lives. I’ve had my share of them. Some of those times are so dark that they try to crush our soul. Grief, loss, sickness, and war try to rob us of our light and all hope seems lost. At that moment, there doesn’t seem an easy way out, to get past the mistake you made, the bad decision you can’t undo, the child you can’t control, the person you can’t bring back to life, the situation you can’t escape on your own.

John reminds us in today’s Gospel that there is a light that gives us hope and that we are not alone. It’s interesting to realize while reading this passage that Jesus didn’t point us to the light but He is the light. Jesus has no intention of keeping us in the dark. He wants us to join Him in the light – in HIS light.

When we receive consolation, we learn something about ourselves and others as we crawl out of the pit and into the light. It's important to remember to let God be a part of our struggles, both ones that seem unimportant and of course the big ones that debilitate us and are seemingly impossible to overcome. And it’s more important to remember that He wants to share in all our struggles! Who else but God would want to?

When my husband died a few years ago, I found myself plunged into the darkness. For many long months, I didn’t see a way out. But slowly, and over time, others through prayer and support helped me relight my soul. And turning to God on my own helped me start finding that light again and escape the darkness that overtook my life.

What has been your darkness? How did you find your way to the light with God’s help?

Encourage one another and build each other up,
Lisa Thibault

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