The Easter readings often remind us that Jesus Christ, the “Word made flesh,” is also the “Word through whom God made the universe.” “God from God, Light from Light…Through him all things were made.”
Jesus does not come as a stranger to our universe, then. As man, he learns for the first time, as God he knows the secrets of creation.
We quickly pass over insights into the nature of Jesus Christ to consider the graces he gives us– we are God’s children and have the promise of his resurrection.
But do we pass over what we know about Jesus Christ too quickly? He came to redeem the universe: don’t we share in the work of the divine Word who came to save the world? We have more to save than ourselves.
As we learn more of the universe created by the Word, we can’t help but be amazed at its slow, mysterious evolution. Nothing is done in an instant, it seems. God works in complex ways. Shouldn’t we, then, expect the complexity we face?
Listen to Maximus of Turin’s reflections on Jesus Christ, “Light from Light.”
“Yes, we have the light of Christ, but it is a light that shines in darkness. The light of Christ is an endless day that knows no night. Christ is this day, says the Apostle; such is the meaning of his words: Night is almost over; day is at hand. He tells us that night is almost over, not that it is about to fall… This is why John the evangelist says: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never been able to overpower it.
And so, my brothers and sisters, each of us ought surely to rejoice on this holy day. Let no one, conscious of his sinfulness, withdraw from our common celebration, nor let anyone be kept away from our public prayer by the burden of his guilt. Sinner he may indeed be, but he must not despair of pardon on this day which is so highly privileged; for if a thief could receive the grace of paradise, how could a Christian be refused forgiveness?”
Shouldn’t we, then, expect to walk in darkness?