May 6, Wednesday — The Light of the World

Wednesday of the 4th Week of Eastertide

Acts 12:24-13:5
John 12:44-50

“I, the light, have come into the world, so that whoever believes in me need not stay in the dark any more.”

A lot has happened in one year. Last Easter, the tragedy stemming from terrorist attacks in the Sri Lankan Catholic and Christian community created separation. This year, most of the world has suffered another kind of separation. Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, social isolation has put an end to some liberties that we have taken for granted. Simple things like going to get groceries or going out to eat. More importantly, there is temporarily a ban on all public gatherings, to the point that even churches are affected. As Catholics, we are no longer free to go to Mass on Sundays. We are unable to receive our Lord in the Eucharist, unable to attend Holy Week activities, from Palm Sunday to Good Friday to Easter Sunday. We are unable to attend in person, but some are fortunate enough to have online access to their local parish activities and celebrations.  

These may seem like dark times around the world. But if we look at it another way, perhaps this is a wakeup call, to jolt us awake from our complacency. We must not look at this as God’s punishment for our inequities. But with every trial, there is an opportunity to grow, to become better. Perhaps, this is the time the world needs to refocus on what is truly important. So many of us will have lost our jobs, come under financial, emotional, mental and/or physical stress. There will be need for comfort and to comfort.  Perhaps, this is the time when we reach out to others via phone, email, Skype, Zoom, whatever method is safe for social distancing; but we can still connect, and stand witness for Jesus and become a reflection of His light and bring a little warmth to those around us. Perhaps then, there wouldn’t be too much darkness, but light in the world.

(Today’s OXYGEN by Winnie Kung)

Prayer:  Dear Jesus, grant us the grace to stand firm in our faith in all the adversity. Through this dark time, let us focus on You, the light of the world. May we become more like You and become a reflection of Your light to others.

Thanksgiving: Heavenly Father, thank you for being by our side throughout this period of trial.  Thank you for never abandoning us in our time of need and the opportunity to grow.

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