Walk down a long dark corridor and notice how the light from one open door streams into the dark. Not the other way around. Dark doesn’t stream into the light.
This is something that we forget in our illuminated world where we don’t often experience the overwhelming darkness and the comforting presence of the light. We’re seldom in the deep dark.
In St. John’s gospel, Judas goes out into the dark and in a sense gets re-absorbed by the dark.
In the Parish Church of Christ the King, Queenswood, artist Leo Theron has powerfully symbolized this in the Last Supper section of his wall of light with an open door.
I’ve been thinking about this recently after Pope Francis asked the church to venture into the darkness.
Sometimes we are so comfortable in the light of our Last Supper that we forget that the next step for our Lord was into the darkness. Deep darkness. The darkness that reclaimed Judas and tried to reclaim the whole of humanity.
Yet, again, beautifully captured by Theron is the light of the resurrection that is its own light, light from light. Light shining in darkness.
The Church is called to follow her Lord. Into the Darkness, but always in the knowledge that the Light wins.
Our Dark world loses the light of person, individuality, mercy, joy, possibility. Dark is fear, anonymity, hidden.
Our new effort at evangelization must form and transform Christians into those who can go boldly into that dark night.
We might meet Judas there with Good News
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