January 27,2008 3rd Sunday of Year A

Scripture: Isaiah8:23-9:3
Psalm 27
Matthew 4:12-17

Throughout the whole bible, from Genesis to Revelation, we see the theme of light and darkness. Darkness expresses despair, suffering, sickness, our human failings etc. Light comes from God - hope, joy, encouragement, consolation, healing.
Let each of us ask ourselves: When I meet suffering, i.e. darkness, do I try to create light by myself, or through using material things? Do I just rely on my own effort? Do I try to forget (or suppress) suffering by using material goods to escape? Such strategies just DO NOT WORK!
God is light. Jesus is the light of the world. If you are in darkness, here are some suggested steps.
1)Humbly admit that your are in darkness.
2)Again humbly admit that you are helpless. Admit that it is impossible to create light yourself.
3)In prayer face God and ask for light and warmth. He will gladly give light because He loves you.
4)In thanksgiving share this God-given light with others.
Jesus is our God who experienced our human nature. He therefore experienced darkness. He knows what it is like. We can go to him with confidence.
"The Lord is my light and my help whom shall I fear? Hope in him, hold firm and take heart Hope in the Lord." (Psalm 27)