Wednesday 10 April 2024

About Today Readings

Acts 5:17-26. The Lord hears the cry of the poor – Psalm 33(34):2-9. John 3:16-21.

Love exists where light and truth are

The irony of Christianity is that by preaching light, Christians often wind up in the darkest places, through no fault of their own. The Acts reading today finds apostles thrown into prison as a result of the jealousy of the Sadducees. But in today’s Gospel, Jesus tells Nicodemus that light has come into the world, and this light makes clear both evil and truth. Those who do wrong fear to come near because the light exposes their deeds; those who live by the truth of Jesus will have their deeds seen and celebrated. Correct. Consider the stunning lives of saints compared to the run-of-the-mill; think, for example, of St Patrick, kidnapped and enslaved as a child by raiders from Ireland – but, having escaped, did he preach vengeance? No; the reverse – he made it his mission to bring Ireland to the light. Light and truth are thus indelibly associated with love, Christian love: charity of the heart.

Email this Print This Page