Ordinary Time

Pause

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me won’t walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

Take a moment to reflect about the ways you know Jesus provides light to your path.

Listen

Nonetheless, those who were in distress won’t be exhausted. At an earlier time, God cursed the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but later he glorified the way of the sea, the far side of the Jordan, and the Galilee of the nations.

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light. On those living in a pitch-dark land, light has dawned. You have made the nation great; you have increased its joy. They rejoiced before you as with joy at the harvest, as those who divide plunder rejoice. As on the day of Midian, you’ve shattered the yoke that burdened them, the staff on their shoulders, and the rod of their oppressor.

Isaiah 9:1-4

Think

History has shown us that sometimes our world has dark days. Wars, hurricanes, floods, fires, mass shootings, slavery, terrorism. If you want to find tragedy and disaster, it doesn’t take long before you’ll find it. Because of this, it is easy to lose hope that things will ever get better.

History also shows us that people are resilient. When tragedy and disaster strike, people always come together. Nothing has come our way that we haven’t found a way to move forward. When our darkest days have come, history has found some light to grab ahold of. In biblical days, when the faithful experienced unimaginable tragedy, their light was the hope of a Messiah – and sure enough, God delivers!

So, today’s history has yet to be written. Today, we can choose to remember the light that sends us forward rather than staying in the darkness. Will you choose the light?

Jeremy Wilhelmi

Pray

Faithful and Eternal God, no matter what has come my way, no matter what sin I may do, help me remember that no darkness will ever stay dark.

You always provide a way to turn darkness into light.

Guide me with hope so that I may stay looking towards the light.

Amen.

Go

God places within each of us the light of life and love.

May that light warm you with God’s presence when you are alone.

May that light guide you when you can’t see the way.

May that light encourage you to shine brightly so that others might see the light God has placed within them.