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  • Fr. Tarcisio

The sign of light


During Easter we light the paschal candle. That light is also lit in the celebration of the sacraments, such as Baptism, Communion, Confirmation; and represents the light of Christ. He is the one who has brought us the light, chasing away the darkness of death and suffering. It shows us the way to live as children of the light. However, as expressed in the Gospel of John in the first chapter, it happens that, even having the light, we may prefer to live in darkness.

“He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God." (Jn 1,10-13). So let the paschal light illuminate our lives.

May we find our way illuminated by our faith in Jesus in moments of difficulty and trial. Understanding further that the task that a Christian has received in this life is not only to allow himself to be enlightened by the Light of Christ, but also to be himself, in turn, light for others: "You are the light of the world ... so shine your light before men "(Mt 5,14-16): be light for others, distribute heat, precisely because we have received all of that from Christ; so that it can be truly said that Christians are "children of the light" (Eph 5,8), which they must demonstrate above all by distributing love: "whoever loves his brother remains in the light" (1 Jn 2, 10).

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