As I was reading a reflection by Bishop Barron for the 2nd Sunday of Lent, I took a moment to pause and meditate on his focus on “Faith & darkness.”
In the morning when I wake up, I love the darkness. This is the time of day when I find the most peace and quiet. I am able to meditate and pray. I can collect my thoughts, & focus on God, and Godly intentions.
However, Fr. Barron was reflecting on our “primordial fear of darkness.” We become defenseless, unable to see where we are going, he says.
Thus, my own reflection led me to agree. I do love the early morning darkness, and even the darkness found at night that allows me to sleep, but once I seek to move – I need light.
Even in surroundings in which I am quite familiar, I need light to move. I never know if a dog, or a cat, or a loose toy will have somehow managed to “mysteriously” found its way into my familiar path. I have suffered many a scape or bruise from tripping over such things.
This was Fr. Barron’s point. “The fear of the dark is primordial. We don’t know where we are going, and that is so frustrating! So it is with the things of God.” Our life of faith can seem to us as if we are walking in deep darkness. Unlike evil, which seeks to keep us in darkness, the true life of Faith, which is centered on God, lights up our path, & leads us to true peace, joy, security, love, & life.
The Scripture story, which we read for the 2nd Sunday of Lent, about Abraham & Isaac, shows us that “God can be trusted, even when he is leading us through the deepest darkness. This means that great faith is justified – for Abram, and for us.”
Don’t be fooled by those who try to convince you that the darkness of evil & immorality are no different than the darkness of Faith. There is a huge difference: one leads to destruction & loneliness — the other leads to eternal life & happiness.
Take a few moments & study the Scriptures; spend time with God – He is the one who will provide the light for your journey, & keep you safe. Abraham & Isaac
Learn to wait patiently, & you will see the light of God shining brightly for you. It will lead you where you need to go.
Jesus gives us His assurance: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (Jn 8:12)
“God has not been trying an experiment on my faith or love in order to find out their quality. He knew it already. It was I who didn’t.” CS Lewis