"The Dogmatic Constitution on the
Church", one of the central writings of Vatican Council II, opens with these
words: "Christ is the light of humanity" (LG 1). Jesus is the only
"Saving Light". It is God's will that all people receive the light of Jesus
into their hearts and minds. For, "he came as the "light of the world", he is
the Truth" (CCC 2466): 'Light from Light, true God from true God'.
Another document of the Council, "The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in
the Modern World", speaks of our wounded human condition:
"Man is split within himself. As a
result all of human life, whether individual or collective, shows itself to be a
dramatic strugglebetween good and evil, between light and darkness"
We are all
in desperate need of Jesus--of his saving love, light and truth in our lives.
Saint Columban reminds us that Jesus:
"Is the fountain of light and
spiritual illumination; for from him come all these things: wisdom, life
and eternal light" ("From an instruction by Saint Columban, abbot", LH vol. IV,
flows from the wounded side of the "New Temple" of his body--from his pierced
heart within--is "luminous" bloodand water. The Prophet Isaiah
says to the Lord, "Your dew is a dew of light" (Is.26:19B). Further, the
Psalm writer unites in one verse the concepts of water, life and light: "For
with you is the fountain oflife, and in your light we see
light" (Ps.36:10). Again, the Lord speaks through the Prophet Isaiah: "I formed
you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the
nations" (Is.42:6). Here, we note the connection between God's covenant and
light. This passage of scripture is fulfilled in the life and death of Jesus,
the Lamb and Light of the world.
The New covenant is a covenant of
light. What flows fromthe wounded side of the Lamb is "New covenant"
blood and water. This blood is a symbol of the Eucharist, which is a "Mysteryof light". This water is a symbol of Baptism which is "the gateway to
life in the Spirit" CCC 1213), and is also called "enlightenment because it
radiates light" (St. Gregory of Nazianzus, Oratio 40, 3-4).
These "luminous" streams expose
and expel the spiritual, emotional, psychological, and moral darkness caused by
the world, the flesh and the devil: "The light shines in the darkness, and the
darkness has not overcome it" (John 1:5). There is an "eternal glow" reflected
in this "radiant" flow; for, these two, luminous steams of blood and water
flow from the pierced heart of the Lamb whonow is seated at the right
hand of the Father in the Heavenly Sanctuary of a "new world"--the Heavenly
City, the New Jerusalem where the "life-giving water, sparkling like
crystal, flow[s] from the throne of God and of the Lamb" (Rev. 22:1); where "the
glory of God [gives] it light, and its lamp [is] the Lamb" (Rev. 21:23).
Jesus, "The Mystical fountain", has opened the "new and living way"
into the Heavenly Sanctuary through the sacrificial offering of his life on the
cross--of which his pierced heart is an essential aspect. Intercessors live
close to, and drink deeply from, these two "luminous" streams of his precious
blood and living water. Here, we are filled with "radiant" faith, hope and love
in order to intercede--to give "light to all in the house" (Mt.5:15).
are a few ways that I experience this "dramatic struggle between good and evil,
between light and darkness" within myself ?
does my prayer as an intercessor reflect "radiant" faith, hope, and love as I
pray for others?
Any scripture from the text; Eph.1:15-23;