27 March 2014, The Tablet

Lent Meditation: A light that never goes out

by Fr Luke Bell OSB

In this Sunday’s second reading, St Paul asks the Ephesians to be “like children of light”. In his fourth reflection for Lent, Luke Bell examines how the transformative qualities of natural light reveal something of God himself Lent is a time of spiritual struggle. A universal symbol of this is the contest between darkness and light. More precisely, since darkness cannot in fact swallow up light, it is a struggle to see the light. This seeing is not simply receiving sense impressions: it is an active grasp of what is there, as we see what a book is saying by understanding what the words in it work together to communicate or as we see a mathematical proof by following the logic of its demonstration. It is a seeing of the meaning of light. The Bible discloses this in the
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