This Present Darkness

Some months ago on waking in the middle of the night, I recalled a dream of being blind: total darkness, as if my eyes did not exist, nothing just the blackness. Opening my eyes, realizing it was not real, the fear remained with me like a little child afraid of the dark.

Is it coincidence that the ‘perhaps in-coming president’ used the phrase “the darkest winter” and “the dark winter” repeatedly referring to the corona pandemic. In fact the campaign revolved around this virus as if it has the power to destroy all light including the sun and moon and stars. Is this meant to instill fear, despair, and helplessness in us poor peasants?

Wherein lies the answer to this present darkness? Let us turn to St. Paul while during his imprisonment he wrote to the Ephesians: 6:11-12 “Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood, but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.” St.Paul calls for action in Ephesians: 6:14 “With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the spirit.” This call to pray is expanded in his letter to the Philippians: 4:4-9.

The corona virus did not create the sun and moon and stars. Nor did it create us who have been given the light of Christ Jesus. who said to Peter and you and me:”Do not be afraid.” Pray little children and do not fear the dark.

The next post will be on The Festival of Lights.

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