The Lord speaks in the darkness

So many of us are scared of the physical, spiritual or emotional dark, or at least the things that might be lurking in that darkness.

Did you notice in today’s mass readings that the Lord, our light and our salvation, speaks out of the darkness? I often look for the Lord when things are all light and good, and he speaks there too, but so often he speaks most profoundly in the darkness. The Father’s most profound message of love, that of Christ on the cross, was delivered in darkness. The Son’s most profound message of love, “not my will, but thine”, was likewise delivered in the dark of night. Perhaps the Spirit’s most profound message of love, “today is born to you a savior”, was also delivered in the dark of night.

Whether the darkness is in our external circumstances or internally, as we recognize the darkness of our sin and disobedience, we can take comfort from today’s message that the Lord, our light and our salvation, speaks even out of darkness.

I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD with courage;
be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.

(Psalm 27:13-14)

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