Light, Darkness and Salvation
Taken from my post-Mass reflection on Tuesday, April 9th:
Whenever all of the lights on the fourth floor seminary dorm’s main hall aren’t on, I jokingly remind my seminarian brothers of John 3. “Light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light.”
In today’s first reading, we are reminded that absent God’s grace, we do often prefer slavery to the freedom that is divine friendship. We hear the Jews ask Moses “Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert, where there is no food or water? We are disgusted with this wretched food!”
Is this not salvation history exemplified?
Since the beginning God gathered us to Himself, and we eventually rebel and are punished. We finally realize our wrongdoing and subsequently repent.
This occurred in the desert, where “in punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents, which bit the people so that many of them died.”
God is a God of justice. But He is also a God of mercy. And that mercy plays out most lovingly in how he saves us: by involving us in our own salvation.
Moses prays for the people and God instructs him to “Make a saraph and mount it on a pole, and whoever looks at it after being bitten will live.”
Through the ministerial priesthood and the sacraments, God invites us to work with Him in working out our own salvation. Look no further than to the Blessed Mother’s yes to see a reminder of what our yes to God can accomplish.
By Ryan Bilodeau