By Sr. Barbara Woeste, OSB
The Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery
Several years ago, I took a Catechist Class at the University of Dayton. One of the exercises in the class was a walk from darkness to light.
We rose early in the morning when it was still dark and journeyed to a nearby retreat center and walked around on its grounds in the dark.
We were asked to look around and to note our surroundings. As it turned to the light of day, we walked the same route and saw how different these same surroundings looked in the light.
There is truly a big difference between seeing in the dark and seeing in the light! We could see objects more acutely in the light and they sometimes looked different. I believe the dark sometimes altered our perception from the light. (I’d advise you to try it sometime, it is very revealing!)
As we come to the end of the Christmas Season, I am reminded that Christ brought light into our darkened world. As Christians, we are called to walk in the light of Christ and in His truth.
Living Gospel values gives us a new vision and heart, the heart of Jesus. By our baptism, we are called to live the life of Jesus in our world today and continue His mission to bring about the reign of God, a reign that leads us from darkness to light.