Ordinary Time


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.


The Lord is my light and my salvation. Should I fear anyone? The Lord is a fortress protecting my life. Should I be frightened of anything?

Psalm 27:1


My grandmother’s house had a huge basement, and it was dark! As a kid, I thought it was really scary too. I had been down there more times than I could ever count, but no matter how many times I’d start down that way, it always seemed scary. But that’s what I felt when I was alone. When I was with my grandmother, going down to the basement never scared me.

Have you ever wondered if, sometimes, fear is a choice? It seems to me that when I was a kid, I chose to be afraid when I was in the basement. Nothing there was really scary except that I just didn’t like the dark. I have realized that sometimes fear can be a choice.

The Psalm questions what we should we be afraid of, because God is our light and salvation. That means that God keeps us close no matter what and always shows the way. Next time you find yourself afraid, ask yourself if it’s a choice. Remember – God is with you.

Jeremy Wilhelmi


Holy God, help me to look for you when fear comes my way.

Stay close to me so that I may always see the light that leads away from fear and toward your goodness.



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.