Clear Vision – Reconciliation
Deep within the caves of Kentucky, I had the utmost experience of pitch black darkness. So dark in fact the pupils of my eyes could not adjust wide enough to see my hand less than an inch away from my face. The only way to know that someone else was physically there was by touch. Holy Saturday is the third day of the Triduum, we the guilty are buried with Christ the innocent. Yet in darkness, we are not alone as a quieted Spirit actively waits. It matters not how long or dark the tomb in which the believer is laid. Forty days or 40 years, our clarity of faith comes from within. We are forgiven and not forgotten
The season of Lent helps us to remember that we are but dust and the first signs of our disconnectedness to the Power over all creation. Early in this journey with Christ, by our own lack of faith we question God’s commitment. We soon learn to navigate the wilderness which affects our faith by allowing God to chip away at the doubt. We make straight the way by putting all manner of things aside that have no part in this journey and emerge strengthened by the once smoldering light that is now an intense burning flame within. It becomes clear that the Light desires to go ahead of us. When we finally reach the foot of the cross, anything that is still hanging on is stripped away in preparation for a new thing; fully naked, a reconciled spirit for God’s ultimate glory and not our own.
Who can command and have it done,
if the Lord has not ordained it?…
Let us test and examine our ways,
and return to the Lord.
Let us lift up our hearts as well as our hands
to God in heaven.
I called on your name, O Lord,
from the depths of the pit;
you heard my plea, ‘Do not close your ear
to my cry for help, but give me relief!’
You came near when I called on you;
you said, ‘Do not fear!’ Lamentations 3:37-58
…let your light shine before others… Matthew 5:11-16 The only division that makes sense in this world is that between light and darkness. They can not exist in the same place. A small kindled flame may stand alone in the darkness, but the darkness will never consume it unless we choose to put it out. Our hope is like that kindled flame. If we find it dwindling, we may have to go through the darkness in order to be strengthened with other light, yet others will see and so too give glory to God. For light that is seeking light is never extinguished but endures forever.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” John 1:1-18 In the “Invisible Man” Ralph Waldo Ellison describes invisibility like being in a dark, black hole; lighted with 1369 light bulbs. When he is out of the hole, he speaks of struggles, battles, and disappointments, trying to do the right thing as those around him define what was right. Yet somehow, he could never be seen. I have to admit, sometimes life in Christ feels much like Ellison’s character. Given the time and place, I wonder if Christ sometimes felt the same way – at least until the day he climbed up that mountain. Literally or figuratively, to climb atop any mountain is in itself a feat to be celebrated and not without internal reward. However, eventually the journey back down the mountain has to be made. Upon his return, Jesus met with the same anxieties of life that plagued God’s people before he went up to pray. But he met them with a re-affirmation, a stronger resolve to accomplish the Father’s will and the confirmation that he in fact is the light that brightens a dark world. Today, through our faith in Christ we too are that light for a veiled world. We meet with the same anxieties of the poor in spirit, the marginalized and the disinherited. And, yes sometimes we go unnoticed. But the affirmation and confirmation that is Christ’s is also our affirmation and confirmation, a gift from God for those who choose to climb that mountain and return re-affrmed to continue the mission of Christ, in a veiled and broken world, knowing that no matter how dark it gets, we are never invisible to God.