The direction that our life needs is sobriety, temperance and calm
“I came into the world as light, that whoever believes in me will not remain in darkness” (John 12.45).
We’re in the midst of the darkness of the world, and that darkness in the world comes into to our heart. Our souls and our hearts are in a real abyss, we’re lost, disoriented, not knowing where we’re going and where we’re going to stop.
Jesus is telling us that He came into this world as light and to be light. I was thinking: “if the lights went out and, it was dark, you could even hear my voice, but you would be lost: ‘ Where is he? ‘. I’d be lost even to lead myself to you, in fact, I couldn’t even record, why wouldn’t the camera in front of me work, because it would be lacking light [says the father referring to video].
The light brightens, illuminates, gives firmness, direction, proximity and sure. The darkness causes hurt in us, we stumble and fall; it takes us to the depths and stumbling of life, to the eternal darkness.
We need to live and walk in the light. So when I look at Jesus, He is the light I need to do many things. Inside of me, it is obscure, there are paths that I do not understand, situations that I don’t know how to solve, I don’t know where to walk, which way to go.
The first thing to do: collect myself in sobriety of Spirit. We find no light when everything is very choppy, heated and exciteable. The light of God brings calm and sobriety to the spirit. However, let’s not stay only in the comparative, but bring it to the practical life. The light of God’s direction for our lives, and the direction that our life needs is sobriety, temperance and calm.
Calm often makes us often flee. Agitation that makes us solve so many things. When we do it all so jumpy and brusque, when we trip, it is because we lack the light that is Jesus, a light that brings serenity to our soul and our heart.
Whoever believes in Jesus does not remain in darkness, does not remain in doubt even in the dark.We can even go through dark paths, walk in the doubts and uncertainties of life, but we don’t stay in them, because the light of Jesus will light up our walk giving direction to life.
I can’t live in Jesus and walk amid the false lights the world gives us, but when I let Jesus be light to my life, he points the way and direction that I must follow.
God bless you!
Fr. Roger Araujo, Canção Nova Community