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Blindness and sight, fire and light

One might think that finally seeing Jesus, being released from the darkness of sorrow, rejoicing in him as Lord and God, would be the beginning of the happiest time in the disciples’ lives. We might be tempted to think that for us, finally seeing Jesus in a new way, rejoicing in him as our Lord and God, would be the beginning of the happiest years of our lives. And it is. But the life of faith is also a deeper mystery than that. It is not only joy. It is also fire and light. Because the life of faith, just as it brings joy, also brings fire.

“Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.”

John 20.30, 31

One might think that finally seeing Jesus, being released from the darkness of sorrow, rejoicing in him as Lord and God, would be the beginning of the happiest time in the disciples’ lives. We might be tempted to think that for us, finally seeing Jesus in a new way, rejoicing in him as our Lord and God, would be the beginning of the happiest years of our lives.  And it is. But the life of faith is also a deeper mystery than that.  It is not only joy.  It is also fire and light. Because the life of faith, just as it brings joy, also brings fire.