Catechetical Corner

Jesus brought light into the world

From the desk of Ms. Kathleen Cook, Director of Religious Education

Theme: Jesus brought light into the world

Scripture: Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. John 3:20-21

In Scripture today, Jesus talks about light and darkness. Jesus said, “Light has come into the world.” Do you know what the Light is that Jesus was talking about? He was talking about himself. In another place, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” You might be surprised to know that some people actually choose to walk in darkness rather than in the light.

Jesus tells us, “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their evil deeds will be exposed.” Every day we make choices. If we live by truth, we walk in the light so that it may be plainly seen.

As Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” What choice will you make? Will you walk in the light or in the darkness?

Dear Lord, help us to make the right choices and walk in the light. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Reflect: If a word or phrase from the Gospel captures your heart, sit quietly for several minutes,repeating it to yourself and asking God to show you how it applies to your life. Or reflect and possibly journal on the following question: Do you have any sinful habits that are slowly condemning you? Is so, talk to God this week about finding help to break them.

Suggested book that compliments today’s Gospel:

http://scu.edu/character/build-plant-grow/

Where Ever You Are My Love Will Find You

Written by Nancy Tillman

ISBN: 13:978-1250017970

Family Discussion: Parents whose children are afraid of the dark are struck by John’s observation that darkness is preferred to light. Perhaps this is as it should be. God made us to live in the light of his love. But this original friendship with God was corrupted by sin. Our sin causes us to shy away from Christ, the light that has come into the world. During the season of Lent, we try to fight this tendency by remembering God’s great mercy and the salvation that we have received through Jesus. We do not fear confessing our sins, knowing that God forgives us, and so, during Lent, we seek out opportunities to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

After your family gathers, sit for a time in darkness, then light a candle. Invite people to talk about what it felt like to be in the darkness and to compare that to their feelings when the candle was lit. What are we able to see by the limited glow of the candlelight that we couldn’t see when we were sitting in darkness? Read today’s Gospel, John 3:14-21. John’s Gospel teaches us that Jesus was the light that came into the world. In this light we know ourselves to be sinners, but we are not condemned. Instead we have been saved because we have been forgiven through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Conclude in prayer together, thanking God for the great gift of forgiveness we have received through Jesus. Pray together the Act of Contrition.

As a family, check out this website: www.catholicfamilyfaith.org