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Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent (14th March, 2016) on the Gospel

 

Dan 13:1-9.15-17.19-30.33-62 or Dan 13:41-62;
Ps 22 (R.v.4);
Jn 8:12-20 or (Jn 8:1-11, if not read yesterday).

Topic: Follow the Light.

Jesus testified in today’s gospel, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” Jesus also said to His apostles, “You are the light of the world” (Matt 5:14).

Light is meant among other things to give light to people, cf. Matt 5:15; Mk 4:21; Lk 8:16. 11:33. However, the presence of light is one thing and accessing it is yet another. Hence we read, “but if your eye is not sound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” (Matt 6:23).

Jesus has come for all to see. Whoever chooses not to follow Him will have him/herself to blame, cf. Jn 3:19.

Jesus cautions us, “While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light” (Jn 12:36a). And one can only show that he/she is in the light through love of neighbour, cf. 1Jn 2:9-10. Whoever walks in the darkness does not know where he/she goes, cf. Jn 12:35. Let us therefore follow Jesus, the Light of the world to lead us always, cf. Jn 13:15; 1Pt 2:21.

Bible Reading: Jn 3:14-21.

Thought for today: Jesus is the light.

Let us pray: Jesus, true Light of the world illumine our paths that we may never stumble in darkness – Amen.

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