Lenten Reflection – 8 April – Monday of the Fifth week of Lent, Year C
Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 or 13:41C-62;; Psalms 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6; John 8:12-20
“I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”…John 8:12
Pope Benedict XVI
“The eyes of those who believe in Christ see light
even amid the darkest night…”
24 September 2011
“While all around us there may be darkness and gloom, yet we see a light. a small, tiny flame that is stronger than the seemingly powerful and invincible darkness. Christ, risen from the dead, shines in this world and He does so most brightly in those places where, in human terms, everything is sombre and hopeless. He has conquered death – He is alive – and faith in Him, like a small light, cuts through all that is dark and threatening. To be sure, those who believe in Jesus do not lead lives of perpetual sunshine, as though they could be spared suffering and hardship but there is always a bright glimmer there, lighting up the path that leads to fullness of life (cf. Jn 10:10). The eyes of those who believe in Christ see light even amid the darkest night and they already see the dawning of a new day.”
Help us to pass from our old life of sin
to our new life of grace.
This week we let the powerful Light of God’s love
shine into the deepest, darkest corners of our soul,
revealing the most unloving parts of our hearts,
and we ask forgiveness and holiness.
Perhaps we might make the Stations of the Cross
to stir our hearts more deeply with the sense of His love for us.
Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil,
for thou art with me
Father of love,
I know that You are the source of all
that it good and graced in my life.
Help me to move from the life of sin
to which I so often cling,
into the new life of grace You offer me.
You know what I need to prepare for Your kingdom.
Bless me with those gifts.
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.