Jesus said to his disciples more than once that they should take advantage of the daylight while they had it. One meaning we can take from such statements is that he, the light of the world, lived among them, so they should pay attention while he was with them.
I’ve come to appreciate the qualities of light. We’ve learned that our health suffers if we don’t get enough sunlight. It’s also more expensive to live in the dark than in the light—sun gives heat for warmth and light by which to see.
Spring could be considered a season of light. For those of us who live with four seasons, spring brings a welcome relief from the extremes of winter cold and darkness. I once lived for a summer in Washington State, and the skies were so often overcast that a mere hour of sunshine brought students out in shorts and sleeveless tops to bathe in what few rays they had.
We can take advantage of warmer weather and longer light, knowing that in a few short months we’ll be commuting to and from work in darkness once again. In Chicago, now is the time to take long walks and ride bikes and eat outdoors and tend whatever plants we have put into soil.
I enjoy other kinds of light in my life. I belong to a faith community that continues the traditions of Jesus’ apostles. I have access to people who have learned the Scriptures and who have studied the texts and prayed the liturgies for many years. I have the ability to buy books and occasionally attend retreats that help my prayer and my general spiritual state. I have friends and colleagues who share my faith and to whom I can turn for support, wisdom, and practical help.
I am still actively at work in the professional world. My body allows me to do many ordinary things such as taking walks and cleaning house. My eyes can still read words on a screen, and my mind can hold ideas and work with them. I can create through words, sounds, yarn, or fresh vegetables. In terms of age, I’m in the autumn of my life. But in other ways, it is spring. There’s plenty of daylight. Will I savor it, use it, love it?
- Where is the light in your life?
- What abilities do you possess?
- What privileges do you enjoy?
- What creative energy continues to hum within you?