Meditation for the Day

Monday, April 8

In Every Moment of Every Day, May Each of Us Always Turn Towards the Light of Christ, for It Is Only His Light Which Will Bring Us Eternal Life; It Is Only His Light Which Will Bring Us True Peace and Everlasting Joy.

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” – words which strengthen us in our sojourn here on Earth, as we continue to prepare for our Eternal Home.

As you and I reflect upon our life of faith and the journey we are traveling on this side of Heaven, have we ever found ourselves, at times, overwhelmed with despair? Have we ever felt so despondent, so overwhelmed with sadness, that all our heart wants to do is to cry out for help, seeking consolation and relief from whatever weight might seem to be pressing down upon us?

Susanna certainly felt this way in our First Reading today. Yet, in spite of all that was happening to her, she trusted in God’s providential Love and Mercy.

Even the psalmist, in today’s Responsorial Psalm, speaks about trust in God’s providential care for His children while walking in the “dark valley” – in the shadow of death. And this is exactly where Susanna found herself – in a dark valley looking for some Light at the end of this nightmarish tunnel she was experiencing.

And God provided this saving Light through the prophet Daniel – for he became the means by which the Eternal Light would save innocent blood from being shed.

Just as in yesterday’s Gospel, where the scribes and Pharisees were quick to judge an adulteress woman they brought before Jesus, today we see how easily the darkness can overcome the minds and hearts of people who FAIL to live in the revealing and saving Light of God’s Love.

While reflecting upon our First Reading today, are there times in our own lives when we are quick to judge? In the workplace, do we take part in the proverbial “office gossip” disparaging someone’s good name or reputation? Or are there other occasions when you and I may not be as charitable and understanding as we should be?

When we begin to reflect upon our own sinfulness, our own weaknesses, in a world which trivializes or minimizes sin and justifies most everything we do, do we find ourselves at times embracing the darkness – turning our back away from the Light?

Are we fair and compassionate with others, especially with those whom we do not understand or whose politics or way of life we do not always agree with? Do we find ourselves distrusting others? And since we are each called to be faithful Christians, where or in whom do we place our abiding and unquestioning trust?

Susanna, as our First Reading tells us, was a “God-fearing woman” and the daughter of “pious parents”, and that she had been trained in the Law of Moses. During her trial, if that is what you wish to call it, in the midst of the darkness which was enveloping her as she was being falsely accused in front of others, and in the midst of the despair which filled her heart, she reached out to the Divine Light. For Scripture tells us, “Through tears she looked up to heaven, for she trusted in the Lord wholeheartedly.”

Saint Paul tells us in his Second Letter to the Corinthians, “…we must trust not in ourselves, but in God.” And this is exactly what Susanna did – she put her trust wholeheartedly in God’s Providence. She knew that His Light was the only Light that could drive away the darkness which was gripping her. And in her abiding faith, God heard and responded to her prayer of anguish.

Each and every morning, the sunrise reminds us that darkness does not last forever. And when life appears at its darkest, for there are those moments in everyone’s life when our crosses become very real in this vale of tears through which you and I must daily travel – it is faith and trust that light the way! It is faith and trust which give us comfort and consolation in the midst of our trials and misfortunes in life!

Each and every one of us is in need of guidance and being shown the way to the path which leads to a life of righteousness –  a path which leads to the true Light of our life, the Eternal Light who invites us into oneness with Himself.

As you and I continue to transform ourselves during this season of Lent, may we recognize that it is only the Light of Jesus Christ who will remove our deafness and replace it with hearing His words of Divine Truth. It is only the Light of Jesus Christ who will remove our blindness and give us sight to see His Truth and His Love – not only in our lives, but also in the lives of all those around us.

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

In every moment of every day, may each of us always turn towards His Light, for it is only His Light which will bring us eternal life.

It is only His Light which will bring us true peace and everlasting joy. †

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Please Comment, Like and Share, and Suggest to your Facebook friends – to spread the message of God’s Merciful Love.

Por favor Comente, Le Gusta y Comparta, y Sugiera a tus amigos en Facebook – en difundir el mensaje del Misericordioso Amor de Dios.

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Scripture for the Day

  • “Jesus spoke to [the Pharisees] again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’(John 8:12)
  • “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)
  • “Through her tears she looked up to heaven, for she trusted in the Lord wholeheartedly… Susanna cried aloud: ‘O eternal God, you know what is hidden and are aware of all things before they come to be: you know that they have testified falsely against me. Here I am about to die, though I have done none of the things with which these wicked men have charged me.’ The Lord heard her prayer.” (Daniel 13:35, 42-44)
  • “…we must trust not in ourselves, but in God…” (2 Corinthians 1:9b)
  • “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not. In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
  • “There are six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are an abomination to him; Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, heart that plots wicked schemes, feet that are quick to run to evil, the false witness who utters lies, and the one who sows discord among kindred.” (Proverbs 6:16-19)
  • “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” (Exodus 20:16)
  • “At dawn let me hear of your kindness, for in you I trust. Show me the path I should walk, for to you I entrust my life.” (Psalm 143:8)
  • “My soul rests in God alone, from whom comes my salvation…My soul, be at rest in God alone, from whom comes my hope…Trust God at all times, O my people! Pour out your hearts to God our refuge!” (Psalm 62:2, 6, 9)

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Prayer for the Day

“O Christ Jesus, when all is darkness

and we feel our weakness and helplessness,

give us the sense of Your Presence,

Your Love, and Your Strength.

“Help us to have perfect trust

in Your protecting love and strengthening power,

so that nothing may frighten or worry us;

for, living close to You, we shall see Your hand,

Your purpose, Your will through all things.”

Saint Ignatius of Loyola

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