Lent: Our Journey from Darkness into Light
Fourth Sunday of Lent: March 11, 2018
There is a story that is told about a mother who discovered that her recently born baby was blind. She instructed all her servants, friends, and family never to use any words in the presence of the child that would give him the impression that he was blind. They were not to speak of color, brightness, shades, sunshine, darkness or light. The boy grew up in the sheltered world for seven years, not even aware of what he was missing. Then one day a little girl hopped over the fenced and used all the forbidden words.
Sometimes we too act that way. “Let’s pretend there is no pain, no evil, no wounds, no failures, no illnesses, and no accidents.”
In the Gospel today Jesus tells us that he is the Light that has come into the world, but some people loved the darkness rather than the light. This whole season of Lent reminds us that we are people of the light, and so we cannot remain in the dark. But we have to admit that we are sinners, since that’s the truth too. Yet we have all had the experience of wanting to hide our sins, or failures. Sometimes we are afraid that people will think less of us because of our little mistakes, or that God will. But don’t worry about that, because we all know better. WE have to admit who we are and what we do into order to move on in life.
WE all know that God loves us very much, even though we sin. That is the message of the first reading today. The reading reveals a God who has “compassion on his people and his dwelling place even in the face of the unrepentant and flagrant infidelity of Israel”. God is even using the Persian king Cyrus to deliver his message to the Israelites.
Every once in a while, as we watch a big sporting event on TV, you might see a rather wild looking guy waving a sign that reads “John 3:16.” John 3:16 was in the gospel that we heard today, it reads: “God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whoever believes in him may not die, but may have eternal life.” WE cannot be told often enough that God does
not will the death of sinners, instead he wills us into eternal life. John 3:16 is a good verse to memorize.
Lent is a journey from this moment and this place to a time and place nearer to our loving God. Jesus invites us to journey from darkness into light. Jesus invites us to journey from sin into redemption; Jesus invites us to journey from falsehood
into truth; Jesus invites us to journey from confusion to clarity; Jesus invites us to journey from evil to good.
In conclusion, may we not be like the mother who tried to hide the truth. May we simply admit who we are and what we do,
so we can continue our journey to Easter. Amen.
Fr. Terry Hazel
2 Chronicles 36:14–16, 19–23
Early and often the Lord ...sent his messengers to them, for he had compassion on his people.
For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life