Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” Then the Pharisees said to him, “You are testifying on your own behalf; your testimony is not valid.” Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid because I know where I have come from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. You judge by human standards; I judge no one.
Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is valid; for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. In your law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is valid. I testify on my own behalf, and the Father who sent me testifies on my behalf.” Then they said to him, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” He spoke these words while he was teaching in the treasury of the temple, but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.
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His hour has not yet come. We continue our Lenten journey. Jesus opening words in this gospel speak to me. “I am the light of the world.” He is one with his Father, Creator of our world. Giver of life. I ponder his light, in the still beauty of a candle flame. In the nourishing warmth of a summer sun.
I love to sit and soak up the sun. I think of plants that turn towards the sunlight, each of the plant’s cells turns to the sun, towards the giver of life. So too each day in practicing our faith we orient ourselves to the light of Jesus. In prayer we can allow our hearts to bask in his light, to orient our hearts to him. So like a rose our life can open up to the world around us and reach for the joy and light of the resurrection.
Take time today to bask in His light.
—Erin Maiorca serves as associate director of Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House, Barrington, IL.
I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me
From snares of the devil,
From temptations of vices,
From every one who desires me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.
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