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Seeing the Light…

[caption id="attachment_1962" align="alignright" width="200"]Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP[/caption] Have you ever taken an early morning or evening walk when the sun hasn't risen or after it has set? You can see the objects but you can't see their color. Everything is some shade of gray. There is no light to illuminate them. After the sun rises, even if it is overcast, you can see color; but when the sun is present, we see the brilliant scarlets of azaleas (soon to be here!), the golden yellow of forsythia, or the soft violet of lilacs. In today's Gospel, John proclaims Jesus as the light that illumines God. Jesus draws our attention to God's mercy, compassion, inclusiveness, and love. Because of this gift of God's 'son', we see clearly how we are expected to live and treat our brothers and sisters especially the least among us. Our salvation is not something hidden in the dark that we must puzzle out on our own. Rather, "God gave us his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life." (John 3: 16) Sometimes we might be tempted to spend time in the dark ignoring the call to the truth that comes from Jesus' word. We miss out on the beauty that God calls us to just as walking in the dark keeps us from seeing the beauty of color. God constantly and faithfully calls us to walk in the light. So, if you get a chance today or tomorrow, take a moment to walk outdoors, revel in the beauty of spring and recognize God's loving call. Gracious and generous God, permeate our days with light so that we can see Your beauty and fill our days with the good that you call us to do.

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