In science class, we were taught that light is a form of energy. And energy, of course, has power. Well, we know that light enables growth in plants, people, and indeed all forms of life. In fact, we even have a light lamp here in the monastery to replace those oh-so glorious rays that we soak up all summer long.
“God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all” (1 Jn 1:5). We experience the power of physical light here on earth every day. How much more powerful is the spiritual light of God himself! Living in his presence, experiencing his love and emitting that love to whomever we meet is to live in divine light. Just as the sun gives life with its rays, Jesus Christ who is “the life” (Jn 14:6) radiates through the members of his body to all who are open to his love. “The people who walk in darkness have seen a great light” (Is 9:2).
God is light itself. “And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb” (Rv 21:23). And this glory gives life for all eternity!