Deacon’s Reflections

Third Sunday of  Year “A”


Helping Those Who Live in Darkness

In this Sunday’s Gospel passage, we hear of the fulfilment of the prophecy given by Isaiah in the first reading:

 “Because of Jesus Christ, the people you know who are living in darkness have seen the light that will heal them.”

  • Who is making no effort to get out of their sin-induced misery?
  • Who is overshadowed by the demons of spiritual death and destruction?
  • Whose stubbornness is causing you great anguish?

Through your prayers and faithful love, Jesus has been revealed to them. Even as they fight against this truth and hide from him, the great light of Christ cannot be turned off. Soon – or eventually – this will cause great rejoicing, not only for you, but also for those who are being rescued.

Elsewhere (Luke 12:49-50), Jesus expressed his feelings about people who live in darkness:

“How great is my anguish until it is accomplished!”

  • Thus, he knows your anguish and shares it, but more deeply and fervently.
  • He is doing more than you know, more than you can imagine, to accomplish the victory for which we’ve been praying.
  • He is doing everything possible — as well as the impossible — to bring it to fulfilment.

We should pray that Divine Providence will use the bad consequences of each person’s stubborn rebellion to draw them to himself.

  • Pray that God will use others to bring them into his light.
  • Pray that God will work in his own way (which might not be the way you would choose) to dissolve their spiritual rebellion.
  • Pray that after their conversion they will spread the light of Christ powerfully.
  • Pray that their conversion will be deep, definite and permanent.

We don’t pray to change God’s mind; he’s already working to bring the light of Christ to people who live in darkness.

We pray to place these people into his arms, since they’re not doing it for themselves.


Tony Felton

Deacon; St. Benet’s Minster