April 27, 2022
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we read about miracles and Light. These are good things, right? It would seem that we shouldn’t be slow to acknowledge the miracles around us, nor to open our eyes to the Light.
Well, let’s see….
In our reading from Acts, we read about a miracle:
The high priest rose up and all his companions,Acts 5: 17-20
that is, the party of the Sadducees,
and, filled with jealousy,
laid hands upon the Apostles and put them in the public jail.
But during the night, the angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison,
led them out, and said,
“Go and take your place in the temple area,
and tell the people everything about this life.”
Still when the Temple guards and the High Priest discover God’s miraculous action, they re-arrest the disciples and try again to stop the spread of the Light!
When I read this I say, “Come on, guys! Take a hint! Maybe there is something to this preaching!”
But the truth is that it can be really hard to take that hint — to wake up, to acknowledge the miracles around us, and to choose Light over darkness. Why? Because miracles and Light get in the way of our agendas, our lazy choices, our indifference to others’ needs and our own excesses.
Most of us don’t want to live completely bereft of blessings and inspiration. We’d like a miracle now and again, but not enough to demand our deep conversion. We’d prefer a little shade and shadow, a little spiritual oblivion in our lives.
In our Gospel, John will have none of it! The Light demands our conversion to the fullness of the Gospel.
Listen to John’s astonishment that people choose darkness over Light.
And this is the verdict,John 3:19
that the Light came into the world,
but people preferred darkness to light,
because their works were evil.
And yet, we see it all the time, don’t we? Even, unfortunately, sometimes in ourselves?
Let’s pray today for the strength to always choose God’s stunning yet healing Light. Let’s pray that strength for our terribly shadowed world – that we may open our prisoned hearts to the miracle of Light God has planted in each one of us.
Poetry: The Uses of Sorrow | Mary Oliver
(In my sleep I dreamed this poem)
Someone I loved once gave me
a box full of darkness.
It took me years to understand
that this, too, was a gift.
Music: Coulin – James Last