“The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it!”
The very first Easter was a rollercoaster-ride for the original followers of Jesus. There had been the moment of triumph and exaltation as Jesus rode into Jerusalem. There must have been profound wonder at Jesus taking the bread and wine in a Passover meal and adding so significantly to its meaning. There was the terror of Jesus’ arrest, his triaI and his crucifixion.
The disciples had to grapple with the disappointment of their shattered dreams, quit at being complicit in the betrayal of Jesus (even if just through inaction, let alone denial) and fear of also being arrested by the Roman authorities. Yet with the benefit of hindsight, these first followers of Jesus would come to discern that God was present even when God seemed to be absent.
The Apostle John writes that ”the Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5).
Read More: Vicar General’s Easter Message