The darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.1 John 2:8b
Light and Love Incarnate
Born anew in Christ and enlivened by the Holy Spirit, children of God walk in the light. “For the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining” (1 John 2:8b). Darkness, though linguistically a noun, describes the condition of being turned away from the light. Jesus Christ—Light and Love incarnate—is already shining. In the saints united in his Body, the darkness is passing away.
Saints: Lamps of Christ
Christ’s face, hands, and feet on earth, the saints comfort the afflicted and lift up the lowly. Moved by the Holy Spirit, disciples pray, fast, forgive, heal, teach, feed, and shelter. As Christ’s agents of mercy in heaven and on earth, the saints burn like shining lamps in the darkness.
Apostles of Light and Love
Peter, John, Paul, and their apostolic companions experienced the victory of Christ’s light in themselves.
And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Acts 2:3-4 (ESV)
What was from the beginning,
what we have heard,
what we have seen with our eyes,
what we looked upon
and touched with our hands
concerns the Word of life—
for the life was made visible;
we have seen it and testify to it
and proclaim to you the eternal life
that was with the Father and was made visible to us—
what we have seen and heard
we proclaim now to you,
so that you too may have fellowship with us;
for our fellowship is with the Father
and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
1 John 1:1-3 (NABRE)
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20 (ESV)
Light of Holy Mother Church
The true light is already shining in Holy Mother Church, the image of the Blessed Trinity. Crowning creation, the saints shine in God’s tri-personal light in beatific communion.