Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Today's Responsorial Psalm (Ps 23) says, "Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side…". This is a comforting reminder that God is with us, in death or the worst of life's circumstances. It also reminds us that God's protection and comfort is not limited to life circumstances. God is with us in the very deepest parts of our hearts and souls—even in the shadowy corners we try and keep hidden.
In the Gospel, Jesus tells us, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life." This is the Light that these days of Lent are meant to lead us to. This Light is what guides our conversion, revealing shadows and dark corners we have kept hidden from the touch of God. Jesus walks with us whether we let go of our reservations or clutch tightly to them. It is our choice to walk in his Light or go it alone.
All of us, living with our shadows and darkness, hold back or resist complete surrender to the Jesus who always walks with us. Whether it is fear or a desire for control that binds, our life's work is to lay ourselves completely open to the Light of the World. Today, may we consciously acknowledge Jesus at our side. Let us draw close, asking him to remove our resistance and walk with us in the valley of our darkness.