READ : John 12:34-36
The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light. (v. 35)
Walking backstage in a theater can be dangerous. Lots of scenery, props, and people are scattered about. During an onstage blackout, the only illumination comes from small blue running lights strategically placed throughout the backstage areas. Even with these lights, seasoned stagehands will avoid moving backstage during scene change blackouts in which they are not involved. As the ambient stage light fades, the carefully choreographed dance of people, props, and scenery begins; an out of step outsider is hazardous to all.
The crowd to which Jesus was speaking desired to know if he was the promised Messiah. They were confused because he did not fit their picture of the Christ. His response to them was “walk while you have the light.” While Jesus walked the earth, he urged those around him to seek and follow him, before the scene went dark. “While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light” (v. 36).
On Good Friday, the light of the world was crucified on a cross and died. However, after three days of darkness, the Son rose from the dead! Once again, we are free to move in the light. As when he walked this earth, Jesus calls us to seek and follow him, lest we be fooled by the Prince of Darkness and stumble on the lies of the devil.
Father, thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ, light of the world, in whose name we pray. Amen.