Reimagining the Light

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Reimagining the Light

How are you reimagining the light this Advent Season?

Can you imagine a world seduced by love seeing one another as themselves and seeing others in the light of Christ? When I think about beginning Lent or Advent, I tend to contemplate more introspectively and retrospectively; however, God is continually calling me to be in the Eternal NOW, the living presence of God in me and others. I usually make it about God and me, but it should be about God and us. Not just reimagining the light in myself and my relationship with God but reimagining the light in others. Seeing the light, the Risen Christ in others to better relate to them. If I cannot perceive others through the Holy Spirit’s intangible spiritual senses, I cannot serve and love them wholeheartedly. In this Advent pandemic filled season, God calls each of us to reimagine the light in light of our families and communities, especially those we think of as strangers or even worse our enemies- that Christ only sees as our new neighbors. We stumble in the darkness because we are so obsessed with ourselves and our suffering that we neglect or diminish others’ suffering. When our being and doing revolves around our selfish inwardness, we become an obstacle for the light to pass through to one another. What if following Christ is more about reaching out than reaching in? As Christ-followers, if we are all reaching out, maybe God’s role is reaching in.

 

            My dear friends, I’m not writing anything new here. This is the oldest commandment in the book, and you’ve known it from day one. It’s always been implicit in the Message you’ve heard. On the other hand, perhaps it is new, freshly minted as it is in both Christ and you—the darkness on its way out and the True Light already blazing!

       Anyone who claims to live in God’s light and hates a brother or sister is still in the dark. It’s the person who loves brother and sister who dwells in God’s light and doesn’t block the light from others. But whoever hates is still in the dark, stumbles around in the dark, doesn’t know which end is up, blinded by the darkness. The Message (1 Jn 2:7–11)

 

“Prayer for Compassion” by Teilhard de Chardin, S.J.
 
O God, I wish from now on
to be the first to become conscious of all that the world loves, pursues, and suffers;
I want to be the first to seek,
to sympathize, and to suffer;
the first to unfold and sacrifice myself,
to become more widely human
and more nobly of the earth
than any of the world’s servants.
 
Amen