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March 1991

He who does what is true comes to the light. (John 3:21)

These words come at the end of Jesus' conversation with Nicodemus, as it is related in John's Gospel. Nicodemus was a well known figure in religious circles in Jerusalem. One night he came to talk to Jesus. Jesus conducted the conversation with a particular aim in mind. He wanted to reveal to Nicodemus God's great love for the world. God so loved the world that he gave his only Son (3, 16). Jesus is the true light. But people loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (3, 19)

He who does what is true comes to the light.

In saying this Jesus wants to make us understand what lies at the root of people's attitudes towards him. Those who do what is true, that is, those who act according to the truth because they love the truth, are not afraid of the light. They are not afraid of how they may be judged by the truth, that is, by Jesus. There is a deep relationship between loving the truth and accepting Jesus. Those who do good, because they love the truth, will sooner or later find Jesus. On the contrary, those who. do evil, because they do not love the truth, will not find Jesus. Indeed they will reject him.

He who does what is true comes to the light.

It is clear that evil here is not simply an incident or event which can occur in a moment of ness, but it is wrongful action in that it

reveals and, at the same time, reinforces a basic disposition we consciously accept. By our attitude of being either open or closed to Jesus, freely accepted and strengthened by our acts, we build within ourselves either salvation or condemnation, light or darkness.

In order to have within us the light which allows us to see and to choose in a way that is both clear and right, we must be open towards the truth, detached from our wants and desires, and ready to follow Jesus, even along the way of the cross.

He who does what is true comes to the light.

So how can we live the Word of Life this month? What can we do to keep ourselves always open towards the truth and to nurture within us a right and just conscience?

First of all, let us try to listen to the words of Jesus in the Gospel and to follow the light of the Holy Spirit within us, which helps us to understand the words of Jesus more and more and to put them into practice.

And since we are very weak and can make many mistakes, let us resolve to begin again always, continually renewing our good resolutions with humility and trust in the grace of God.

Chiara Lubich

 

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