December 27, St. John
Rejoice in the Lord, you just! — Psalm 97:12
Mass Readings: 1 John 1:1-4/John 20:1a,2-8
Emptiness and Life
Today’s Gospel tells us that when St. John peered into the empty tomb, “he saw and believed.” But what did he see? The tomb was empty. Did he see emptiness? Perhaps he did, and maybe it was precisely in seeing that emptiness that he believed. John was prepared to see emptiness. He had stood at the foot of the cross. Even in that moment of emptiness, he knew that love was not absent, as Jesus entrusted His mother to him, St. John the Caregiver. John could see through emptiness to divine life and love — “the eternal life that was with the Father and was made visible to us.”
When emptiness touches our lives, we can also be assured that God’s love does not abandon us — that God’s care and compassion surround us even then.
Prayer: St. John, help me to find God, even in the darkness.
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