Educating for the Lived Gospel #187

Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world’ (John 9:5)

Everything is fine when there is light, when we can see. Life is a breeze. When darkness falls, it is easy to trip and hurt ourselves. Tasks that are simple in the light become much more difficult. This is all the more true when ‘darkness falls’ in our lives. We ‘grope around’, searching for answers, longing for the light. These moments of darkness in our lives are an opportunity to strengthen our relationship with God. If we live our lives as Jesus did, with love and compassion for those around us, the light will increase (albeit more slowly than we’d prefer). Through our relationships, which are an echo of God’s love for us, we will be brought into the light.

For those who are plunged into darkness through no fault of their own – like the young people in our care – this can be a bewildering and lonely time. Hopefully our watchful eye will catch a glimpse of their pain, to guide them towards the light – the light around them in their relationships, the light of their own goodness and the light of faith, which illuminates the darkest corners.

Have a great week!
Patrick

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