Memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious
June 21, 2022
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, our Alleluia Verse illumines us — in every sense of that magical word!
After negotiating the melodic polysyllabic names (Sennacherib and Hezekiah) of our first readings, and their accompanying drama, our verse comes as a welcome assurance
I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
whoever follows me will have the light of life.
Jesus is both the Light to guide us, and as our Gospel assures us, the Way we are looking for.
Have you ever arrived someplace in the dark, unsure of the terrain or the footpath to the front door? Maybe, like me, you have a flashlight on your cellphone that you use to guide your way.
Well, no disrespect or diminution intended, but Jesus and the Gospel are that flashlight!
And it turns out that, in one of those twists of faith, Jesus and the Gospel are also the path we are searching for.
As we pray with this verse today, we are all somewhere on the sometimes shadowy path. Friends, let’s use the flashlight that faith has given us. Let’s walk the path that will reveal itself in our faithful trust.
Poetry: Ode to Enchanted Light – Pablo Neruda
Under the trees light
has dropped from the top of the sky,
like a green
latticework of branches,
on every leaf,
drifting down like clean
A cicada sends
its sawing song
high into the empty air.
The world is
a glass overflowing
Music: You Light the Way – Matt Maher