We are bearers of God’s light


On the Fourth Sunday of Lent we read Jesus’ words to Nicodemus in John’s Gospel. Jesus will be lifted up on the cross to heal us from the power of sin and death. This gospel, which is written like a trial, tells us the verdict. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life.”

Our gospels this week are all from John’s Gospel. After two days of healing stories, the opposition against Jesus builds. In Cana, in Galilee, Jesus heals the son of a royal official. Back down in Jerusalem, He heals a man who was sick for 38 years, incurring the wrath of His enemies because He did it on the Sabbath. Because of this, and because He called God His Father, they now plot a way to kill Him. Jesus says His opponents do not want to come to Him for life. He calls God His father and says, “I have testimony greater than John’s.”
Unafraid of His opponents, Jesus goes to Jerusalem for a feast and openly tells people that He has come from God. They did not arrest Him then, “for His hour had not yet come.” Thinking they know where Jesus is from (in both senses: where He lived now and His origin in heaven), His enemies insist that Jesus can’t be a prophet: “Look and see that no prophet arises from Galilee”

The season of Lent is a time to recall our identity as sons and daughters of God made “bearers of the light” by our baptism into Christ Jesus. The candle given to the newly baptized is a rich symbol of the mission of every Christian: to bring the light of Christ into a world that knows far too much darkness.
The baptized Christian shares in the mission of Jesus Christ to bring light where there is darkness; hope where there is despair, truth where there is confusion, love where there is hate.
St. John begins his Gospel by speaking of the light so powerful that the darkness could not overcome it. This is the light that we are privileged to bear, the light that our world longs to see. May we be faithful to our baptismal promises and be good stewards of the light that has been entrusted to us.

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