From today’s Gospel reading: ‘I have come as light into the world, that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness’. As the Paschal candle is lit, these words are sung: ‘The Light of Christ!’ to which all reply ‘Thanks be to God!’ This year, we will probably not have been able to sing these words, except insofar as we may have sung them along with live streaming of the Paschal Vigil.
But the Light of Christ is not quenched; rather, the light continues to shine in our heart. As St Paul wrote to the Corinthians: ‘It is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies’.
As we seek the Face of Christ today, in our prayer and in our life, may we know His presence at all times, and may He bless us all this day.