Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Bugs in the dark

Have you ever picked up a rock in a garden or in the woods and watched the creepy-crawlies scatter?  Today's Gospel reading from John 3:16-21 lifts up the rocks in my heart, but can I handle the intensity of the light?

Today's reading opens with the verse often seen on signs at sporting events: "For God so loved the world that he gave is only-begotten son so that everyone who believes might not perish but might have eternal life."  This is a 
quick break down of the first part of the reading: God loves us, God gave us Jesus, God wants us to have eternal life, Jesus did not come to condemn us, some will choose to not believe in Jesus and they condemn themselves. It's the basics of what it means to be a Christian.

Continue reading to verse 20, "For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not want to come towards the light, so that his works might not be exposed."  What wicked things reside in your heart?  Does anyone know about it?  Could you possibly bring it to the Sacrament of Confession?  Whenever I keep something (purposefully) out of my confession or confess in a round about way then I am not allowing the Light to drive out the wickedness in my heart.  

Do you prefer the light or the dark?  

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