Wednesday 6 May

Today is Wednesday 6 May in the fourth week of Easter.  

The community of Taizé sing, “We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.”   Today’s reading is from the Gospel of John.  

John 12:44-50  

Then Jesus cried aloud: ‘Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me.  have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness. I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my word has a judge; on the last day the word that I have spoken will serve as judge, for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me.’  

In this reading from John’s gospel Jesus offers himself as light for the world. This struggle between light and darkness is a strong theme that many of us will relate to. Thinking about this today, where, in your life, is there light and shadow? Where might there be places of darkness?  

As the pandemic continues its impact on daily life, has this made the world a little darker? Do you feel trapped by shadows affecting your thoughts and emotions? Share these feelings with the Lord, allowing him to lighten your heart and mind.  

Jesus also speaks for the Father when he offers eternal life. As you listen to the reading again focus on Jesus’ promise to bring light and salvation for all those he loves.    

Light brings growth. Moving toward the light, knowing you are held in his love, spend a moment now talking to God…ask for guidance so that you can reveal what is hidden within you or move away from any darkness in your life. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.