You were darkness once, but now you are light in the Lord; be like children of light, for the effects of the light are seen in complete goodness and right living and truth. Try to discover what the Lord wants of you, having nothing to do with the futile works of darkness but exposing them by contrast. The things which are done in secret are things that people are ashamed even to speak of; but anything exposed by the light will be illuminated and anything illuminated turns into light. That is why it is said:
Wake up from your sleep,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.
The Second reading at Mass on Sunday, the 4th Sunday of Lent, engages with the themes of darkness and light that are major themes in the Gospel of the Day, the story of the man born blind.
In this reading St Paul reminds us of our own aquaintance with darkeness and our call to live as light, in the Lord.
- What remains shadowed in your life?
- To what light do you find yourself called?
- How might you test that light to know its truth?
- How might you find courage to respond to the call of the true light
Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée, Marseille. (c) 2013, Allen Morris