Are you one of those people who is sensitive to bright light? I know I am, can barely stand it in classrooms nowadays, as the lights are way too bright, and my eyes detest it. I actually noted to my teacher at one point this week that many people can be sensitive to bright light, and focus much better if there is a dimmer light I'm the room instead (me being one of them). When we think about lights and sensitivity, how are many people sensitive to the way the world works, the actions taken by those around them? It can have a great impact on how we live our lives right? I know for me that's definitely true. So when it comes to religious faith, how is that any different? People are sensitive to certain pieces of faith, and more inclined to understand others. That doesn't mean we give up right? It just means that we need to approach the subject from a different perspective, reach them in a way that works best for them, similar to teaching in school. Which method of understanding faith reaches you the best?
Today's Gospel states:'Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." The Pharisees then said to him, "You are bearing witness to yourself; your testimony is not true." Jesus answered, "Even if I do bear witness to myself, my testimony is true, for I know whence I have come and whither I am going, but you do not know whence I come or whither I am going. You judge according to the flesh, I judge no one. Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone that judge, but I and he who sent me. In your law it is written that the testimony of two men is true; I bear witness to myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness to me." They said to him therefore, "Where is your Father?" Jesus answered, "You know neither me nor my Father; if you knew me, you would know my Father also." These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come' (John 8:12-20).
Today's reading talks about how if we follow God, we will not walk in darkness. If we follow His way, His teachings and Word, we'll be on the right path. Though we may struggle with some concepts of faith and why they're necessary, that's not a chance to abandon ship, but to find a better way to learn and seek further understanding. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you to seek His light in your life, in a way that touches you best.
Today we pray:
Thank You for being a light in my life. Help me to seek more understanding about my faith and work towards knowing Your will.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.