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People light candles during a vigil for Trayvon Martin in SanfordIn this morning’s gospel (JN 3:14-21) we hear John witnessing to Christ, the light that the Father has sent into the world, not to condemn but to save it from the darkness. Unfortunately, John reports, people “preferred darkness to light.” Jesus said that while he was in the world, he was the light of the world. But what about now? What about us? We know that Christ remains the light that enlightens our darkness but St. Paul charges us today to “live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth.” (EPH 5: 8-14) Where is our sense of responsibility for continuing the mission of lighting up the world? It takes resolve to keep going when the light around us seems dim. We need every day to wake up praying for the light of Christ to be strong in us and to go forward into the day remembering St. Paul’s words: “You once were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord!”

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