MORNING MEDITATION IN THE CHAPEL OF THE
A gentle, humble light, full of love
Tuesday, 3 September 2013
(by L'Osservatore Romano, Weekly ed. in English, n.
37, 11 September 2013)
Humility, meekness, love
and experiencing the Cross
are the means with which the
Lord defeats evil. And the
light that Jesus brought
into the world dispels the
blindness of human beings
who are all too often
dazzled by the false light
of the world that may be
brighter but is misleading.
It is up to us to discern
which light comes from God.
This is the essence of
Pope’s homily on Tuesday
morning, 3 September, at
Mass in the Chapel of the
Domus Sanctae Marthae.
Commenting on the First Reading, the Holy Father reflected on those
“beautiful words” that St Paul addressed to the Thessalonians: “You are not in
darkness, brethren... you are all sons of light and sons of the day; we are not
of the night or of darkness” (1 Thes 5:1-6, 9-11). That is, the Pope said: “the
Christian identity is light, not darkness”. And Jesus brought this light into
Today, the Pope continued, people think we find this light through scientific
discoveries and human inventions — “all can be known, we can know everything”.
But “the light of Jesus”, Pope Francis warned, “is something else. It is not
ignorance, no, no! It is the light of knowledge. But also something more. The
light that the world offers us is artificial. It may be bright like the flash of
a camera but it is artificial. Jesus’ light is gentle, a quiet light, a light of
peace. It is like the light of Christmas Eve: unpretentious. It is a light that
glows from the heart.
“It is true that the devil, and St Paul says so, very often comes dressed up
as an angel of light. He likes to imitate the light of Jesus. He makes himself
seem good and speaks to us like that, calmly, just as Jesus spoke after fasting
in the wilderness: work this miracle ‘if you are the Son of God, throw yourself
down’ from the temple! Make a show of it! And he says so in a way that is calm”,
and thus deceptive.
“We should ask the Lord insistently for the wisdom of discernment in order to
recognize when it is Jesus who gives us light and when it is the devil himself,
disguised as an angel of light. Many believe they live in light but they are in
darkness and are unaware of it!
“If we are meek in our inner light, we are gentle people we hear the voice of
Jesus in our heart and look fearlessly at the Cross in the light of Jesus.... We
must always make the distinction: where Jesus is there is always humility,
meekness, love and the Cross.
“The people”, the Pope said, commenting on the Reading, “were overcome by
fear and wondered: ‘what is this word? For with authority and power he commands
the unclean spirits, and they come out’. Jesus didn’t need an army to cast out
demons, he didn’t need pride or force or arrogance”. What is this word? “It is
the word”, was his answer, “that is humble, meek and spoken with such great
love”. It is the word that accompanies us in moments of suffering, that brings
us close to the Cross of Jesus. “Let us ask the Lord”, was Pope Francis’
concluding exhortation, “that he give us today the grace of his light and teach
us to distinguish his light and the artificial light emitted by the enemy to