Among the many wonders of spring are the light of day that grows longer and the warmth of the sun that beckons the flowers to come alive after a winter’s slumber. Perhaps, the signs and wonders of spring illustrate the splendors of the Light of Life.
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me … will have the light of Life,” said the Lord [John 8:12]. Like seedlings transformed in the light of the sun, we are transformed by the Light of life—the perfect light which enables us to live a full life like a flower in peak bloom.
Our Lord is Present
God’s light brings to life within us faith, truth, wisdom, charity, virtue, prayer, and the security of knowing Our Lord is present in our lives. Energized, we are able to take on challenges that alone we would not be able to handle. With the light and warmth of God’s grace, we can experience true joy and obtain the inner peace and serenity that we need to endure the unpredictable nature of our earthly lives.
Of course, our experience will differ for each of us because each of us is unique by God’s design. “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone” [1 Corinthians 12: 4-6]. Just as the tiniest wild flower to the most beautiful rose bring loveliness to springtime, each of us can add beauty to our world—the beauty of sharing God’s love and mercy.
Light of Life
With the Light of Life, we are able to distinguish between right and wrong, good and bad. As a result, we are able to recognize our own imperfections that stop us from growing closer to God. We also are able to recognize the promptings of the Holy Spirit which beckon us to put our faith, trust, and hope in the Lord with open hearts.
Truly, the goodness within us will come to fruition with the eternal source of divine light, expanding beyond what we alone can accomplish. With this light, we are able to see our purpose which is to love as God has loved us. With this light, we are able to see what it means to be Christ-like and we are able to follow Christ’s way of the cross.
However, unlike flowers in a field, we have the free will to choose. We can either turn away from the light and never live up to our greatest potential or we can take in as much as our hearts and souls can absorb. If we choose the latter, the Light of Life will shine through us as it shone through Mary, the Mother of God, emanating the hope of salvation and eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven. Just as the morning star precedes the rising of the sun, Mary our Blessed Mother can guide us toward her Son—the Light of Life—so that we may experience the splendors and wonders of God.