All three of today’s Daily Readings, as they have been since Ash Wednesday, are about repentance and belief; turning away from sin and practicing a virtuous life. The soul we are following here in Genesis is undergoing a conversion as well. As we progress through the spiritual meanings in Genesis, we will find them corresponding to the Lenten Readings. You can click here to be taken directly to God’s Word in the February 23 Readings:
Light has a unique association with God that no other created good has. Besides all we’ve pondered in this reflection on light, there is God the Father’s only begotten Son, the Eternal Light of the World, Jesus Christ.
Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Matthew 10:27
Jesus is not the created light in Genesis, though it is the great foreshadow of his uncreated light coming into the world at the Incarnation. In Jesus’ declaration, he not only gives the light but is himself the light that enables the soul’s sight. He is the guiding light, the light of life, and the fullness of the light first bestowed in the beginning of Genesis.
Jesus declares to his followers Matthew:
You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14
We ourselves become light bearers of Jesus’ light, reflecting the heavenly Father, glorifying him.
Just as The Holy Spirit, The Lord, The Giver of Life will overshadow Mary to bring Jesus the Light of the world into a world darkened by sin, the Holy Spirit in Genesis sweeps over the waters of a soul floundering in spiritual darkness, as does the Holy Spirit also sweep over the natural waters engulfed in darkness when God said, Let there be light, 1 and creation was gifted with sight.
Tomorrow we will finish up with the light created on the first day, but as you know there is more happening with light on the fourth day.
And as promised, tomorrow we will reflect upon the extremely important “how good” God saw in the light. Just how good is the light?
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