Thursday 5 March 2009

True Light of the world

True Light of the world

In this world many people are blind by the temporary material happiness that may bring light to their home whether it be the well-paid job the latest car and all the movies you can watch on your television screen. But what is the true meaning of happiness, do we ever stop to think of what will happen as soon as we lose our possessions and when we get old and die gracefully. We certainly know the worldly material goods will not follow us to the next life. The light of the world Jesus Christ came and died for us on the cross so that we may be able to repent and save our souls by taking his precious Blood and Holy Body which will bring us closer to knowing him and the mystery God. As we once again approach the celebration of the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ we fast and pray, in remembrance we celebrate every week the miracles Christ showed every Sunday of the Sabbath as he walked in this world. At the end of these we will come to the light (Berhan): the birth of our Lord Saviour.


When our Lord was with us he healed the sick and gave sight to the blind, we are all certainly blinded by the world and do not comprehend the truth until we have brought ourselves closer to the Lord. We may come to the house of God looking through our eyes but our heart is not opening up and sacrificing to God without limits. When Christ gave sight to the blind man, he did not only give him sight to see the world but he also opened his heart. The true sight Christ gave him was the gift to knowing in his heart that Christ saved him and at that moment he believed in Christ. Jesus himself said, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” John 9:5. It is better to be blind and know God than to have sight and forget his existence, because we are blinded by the world we only see the world and to see the world means to have access to sins. “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.” John 9. When our Lord refers to those who ‘see’ he means those in sins, therefore, when he says ‘those who see may be made blind’ he means those who are already in sins to be blind from the world so they can see the light in their hearts.

The Pharisees had doubted the miraculous sight Christ gave to the blind man and asked him if they were blind also, but Jesus replied to the Pharisees by saying “If you were blind, you would have no sin: but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.” John 9:41. We must also remember that when Adam and Eve were in the garden of Eden they were sinless and when they had broken the rules of God they sinned and therefore they saw each other and were ashamed, “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked” Genesis 3:7. The key notion in both the biblical references is to notice that seeing something with your eyes leads to sins and it is because of Adam’s original sin that mankind has suffered for years until Christ came for our salvation. It was also Satan who tempted Eve by saying “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:4. This is precisely the job of Satan, he whispers in our ears and tells us the shiny expensive materials of the world will make us happy as he whispered to Eve ‘your eyes will be opened’ he also whispers to us that everything will be better if we have that ridiculously expensive car or that shiny diamond ring a trap to make you sin in any possible way. As we approach the celebration of the birth of our Lord we must all pray so that our eyes may be blinded from the world and our hearts may see the true light of God. All this is impossible without the prayers and intercessions of our blessed mother Virgin Mary and all Angels and saints. Remember me in your prayer as I remember you in mine everyday. Amen.

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