Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Daniel 13:41-62 + John 8:12-20
March 14, 2016
“I am the light of the world.”
Consider God the Son as “light”. This image metaphorically describes the essence of God. From all eternity, God is “light”. What does this metaphor reveal to us? One of the ways to explore its meaning is to consider how, in the world of nature, light always seems to have a source. Whether from an electric bulb, or a star, or a campfire, light cannot help but radiate outwards from its source. Because of this “radiation”, we can always trace light backwards to the source. This metaphor helps us consider the supernatural light of God.
Second, consider Jesus as the light “of the world”. This image describes Jesus in His mission, sent by the Father to become incarnate, that He might offer His life on the Cross. In the Gospel of John, the “hour” of Jesus on the Cross most fully reveals the glory of the Lord. Here, in what seems Jesus’ darkest hour, God’s glory, love and mercy shine most brightly. In this, the supernatural reality has a parallel in the natural world. Natural light highlights areas of darkness. The brilliance of light illuminating one object reveals the darkness of those objects not illuminated. The picture below illustrates this, in the sides of the mountains and clouds that are not being hit by the beams of the rising sun.