Daily Reflection
December 29th, 2004
Don Doll, S.J.
Journalism Department
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"Whoever hates his brother is in darkness;
he walks in darkness
and does not know where he is going
because the darkness has blinded his eyes."

Recently, I met a good, hard-working Christian man who was deeply troubled by an ethnic group in America. He actually didn't know many members of that ethnic group personally, but was convinced this ethnic group was this country's doom as we know it.  Truly 'darkness has blinded his eyes' to any goodness or virtues of this ethnic group. However, he knew as a Christian his attitude, his 'hatred' was not right.

It occurred to me: Isn't that what we all need to pray for?  Namely, that the darkness be dispelled from our relationships, especially between ethnic groups in the world. Or in any relationship in which we hold resentments?

Let the Light shine in.  Let us all walk in the Light of Christ.

As John says: 'the true light is already shining.'
We only need the grace to see it, and rejoice with Simeon (whose name means "God has heard"):

"my own eyes have seen the salvation
which you prepared in the sight of every people,
a light to reveal you to the nations. . ."

We walk in the Light of Christ when we keep his commandments and we imitate Christ, as John reminds us:

"This is the way we may know that we are in union with him:
whoever claims to abide in him ought to walk just as he walked."

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