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  • Writer's pictureElpidio Pezzella

Light in the Darkness

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

(Isaiah 5:20 NKJV)

A danger is present behind the door, as the prophet warned and reminded Cain of God. How much confusion about and around Christ and faith travels in the ether and spreads, fueling the strangest beliefs and ending up by giving reason to those who have chosen to put Christianity and the Bible in the attic. Add to this the recent attempt, for now put aside, by the European Union to ban the use of the word Christmas or names that are too closely linked to Christianity, a faith that is increasingly to be abhorred, as if to be ashamed of one's Christian roots. All in the name of respect for religious minorities , because Jesus would not be for everyone. Here then is that wanting to include some we end up excluding others. Contradictions and absurdities of politics that wants to be neutral, but ends up becoming sterile. I support and believe what the Bible declares, which is that "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begottenSon, that whoever believes in Him should..." (John 3:16).

It will not be the last attempt to obscure the light of the nations, the One who came to shine in the darkness, and whom many, as in his day, do not want to recognize (John 1:9). An attempt just before the period during which intermittent and multicolored lights break the gloomy darkness that soon falls into the day. What is repeated in the streets and in the houses these days is a reflection of what every human being carries in his heart. Everyone, some more and some less, are afraid of the life that goes out, of the light that suddenly vanishes. Those who have already walked in the dark, facing the giants of disease and pain in general, the ghosts of loneliness and bitterness, now that they have emerged feel the need to leave everything behind. Thus the lights become synonymous with rebirth, because there is no person who does not want to get up and start over. There are also those who are still crossing the valley of darkness and do not know if and when it will end. For him / her, the glitter becomes a loving encouragement not to give up, because there is no night that does not pass and darkness that does not thin out. Others, on the other hand, are carried away by false lights. However, no artificial light will be able to illuminate the soul. Here it is then, today more than ever, to raise the light of Christ in such a way that every room (heart, life) can enjoy its effects. "No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under abasket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light" (Luke 11:33).

In my daily commitment I continually meet hearts eager to feed on Scripture, people in search of the Spirit and in need of honest and God-fearing guides, who cut rightly (with balance) the Word, keeping in mind the warning of the prophet Isaiah. This is why I chose to preach the Gospel, that good news that brings freedom to the prisoner, that gives sight to the blind and new vigor to the tired soul. I took my steps away from the path of futile discussions, endless disputes, because time is short and there are "lost sheep" to take home. I wish that you together with me can be a lamp for others, one of those burning lamps for the many travelers of this world. Luca directs the discourse on the light in the room to a perspective that is anything but high. "The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye isgood, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye isbad, your body also is full of darkness” (Luke 11:34). Where are you directing your gaze? If it is turned to God, your eyes will give light to your existence. Whoever looks at your face will recognize a particular light, and you will be "light of the world and salt of the earth". The devil (lucifer) himself was a bearer of light. Initially he was a reflection of the divine light, then he became a light of deception and falsehood, lies and delirium. And when our eye is turned away from the Gospel, darkness takes over, the gaze darkens and we are far from God. May the next few days bring us back to looking at things that last forever. Therefore I pray that your heart may see that divine light that for over two thousand years has come to dispel the darkness of existence and that some still would like to cover. Let Jesus shine above and within you.


Weekly Bible Reading

Plan # 50

December 06, Daniele 3-4; 1 John 5

December 07, Daniel 5-7; 2 John

December 08, Daniel 8-10; 3 John

December 09, Daniel 11-12; Judah

December 10, Hosea 1-4; Revelation 1

December 11, Hosea 5-8; Revelation 2

December 12, Hosea 9-11; Revelation 3

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