Prayer of the Day

Fourth Week of Easter – Feast of St. Catherine of Siena, Patron of Europe

April 29th, 2015
"“I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness."" John 12 : 46
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“I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness. (John 12:46)

The first words attributed to God in the Creation story are: “Let there be light.” John’s Gospel opens with an account of the beginning – a new beginning, telling us that Christ existed from the beginning, – a Light shining in the darkness. The theme of light is very prominent throughout the Gospel of John. Jesus holds out the offer of light to those who believe in him. Our role, as light, helps others to see what already exists in their own surroundings – in themselves, in their families and places of work. Light is also needed for growth. Plants seek the light.

Moses longed to see the light of God’s face. How he would have envied St. John who begins his First Letter with, “What we have heard, what we have seen, with our eyes, what we looked upon… concerns the Word of life – for the Life was made visible…” (1 John 1: 1).

Prayer Lord, let the light of your face shine on us. Amen