Meditation – 17th December 2017

The Deep End – Light and Darkness
Last week we were introduced to john the Baptist
as part of our Advent journey. We hear his story
again today, and in this account, from the fourth
gospel, we hear John’s voice and his testimony
about Jesus. Light and darkness is a key theme of
the fourth gospel and its opening verses proclaims
that this light has always shone in the dark; the
darkness cannot overpower it. The evangelist goes
on to tell us that John the Baptist’s mission is that
he has been sent by God to ‘speak for the light’.
John is a light-bearer, he is not the light, but he
points to the light. He is a witness to the light of
God in our world, a light that cannot be put out.
We celebrate this light today on Guadete
Sunday. Guadete means ‘rejoice’; we light the
pink candle and we celebrate with joy. It might be
a good opportunity to ask today: ‘who have been
the light-bearers on your own faith journey’? Who
testified to the Light of God and passed the torch
on to you? We thank God for them.
Lord there is much darkness in society
and in our Church.. We become cynical
and settle for mediocrity. We thank you
that someone always comes on the
scene, sent by you as a witness to speak
for the light … teachers, community
leaders, grandparents, children, a friend
… they bear witness to the rest of us
that somewhere in the dark a light
shines that darkness cannot overcome.
Michel De Verteuil
Jane Mellett