God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.1 John 1:5
Communion of Light and Love
God’s very being is light; departure from him is darkness. Wanderers who stray from the light, like arrows veering off course, darken their minds and disorder their desires. Dark wills deviate from the light of truth and order.
John’s concepts of light and darkness in this letter correlate with the biblical concept of sin, which is derived from archery. The Hebrew and Greek words for sin (chatta’ah/chata and hamartia/hamartanó) indicate a straying from God’s path.
God’s very being—revealed by Jesus as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—is light and love (1 John 4:8). Light and love are not abstract ideals but interpersonal communion. A spirituality flowing from the light and love of the Blessed Trinity draws us into union and communion with God, one another, and all creation.