Light is not so much something we can see directly, or touch, even if we can see the source. It is something by which we see all other things. When Jesus Christ calls himself the “Light of the World” (John 8:12), he is not telling us just to look at him, but to live in his light (as we live in the daylight) and look out at life with his all-merciful and inclusive eyes. We see him so we can see like him—with the same infinite compassion. This is the illuminating light that enlightens all things, making it possible for us to see things in their fullness. And as we stand in the light, so we are to reflect that light.
(Based on Richard Rohr)
I continued to think about light at Mt St Bernard’s Abbey, and came across words from Isaiah 45:3 which encouraged me to do this drawing.
“I will give you the treasures of darkness
and hidden riches of secret places,
that you may know that I, the LORD,
who call you by name, am God.”
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