Lent 4, Saturday, Year A

Inspired by John 1:1-9

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”  John 1:5 (NRSV)

Imagine you are lost in a deep underground cave.  You don’t know where the exit is.  You don’t know where the walls are.  You don’t know if you’re alone, or if others are there with you.  You can’t see what dangers lurk nearby, or if a step in any direction will plunge you into a lake or into a deep chasm.  The darkness is complete.

Suddenly a tiny flame appears in the blackness before you.  It flickers dully, but it shows you that the path before you is clear.  You can take a step forward, confident in your footing.  You take another, and another.

The small glow surrounds you, illuminating each step as you find the side of the cave and begin to walk along it.  Your light paints the wall, and others who were lost in the darkness make their way toward it.  As each one comes into your light, a flame of their own appears before them, further lessening the gloom.  Soon the small dim circle surrounding you becomes a bright beacon, growing as more and more people are drawn to it.  Before long the cave is bathed in light, and you can see the walls, the exit, and all those who are with you clearly.  Even if a flame occasionally goes out, the light from the others make up for the absence.  A tiny point of light can pierce the darkness, but no amount of darkness can overcome the smallest light.

Christ is the light in our darkness.  Whatever challenges or hardships we might face, his love will shine on us and give us confidence as we move forward.  He will show us that we do not walk alone, and that the more we reflect his love, the more his love will grow.  And there is nothing in this world that has more power than his love.

Let us pray.  God of light, your love illumines our way.  Help us to reflect your love in our lives, that others may see your grace and safety.  Through Christ our Lord, Amen.