(Source: Lydia O’Kane, Vatican News)

At the beginning of Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter, Pope Francis prayed for those who work in the media.

“We pray for the men and women who work in the media. In this time of pandemic they risk a lot and work a lot. May the Lord help them to always transmit the truth”.

In his homily, the Pope reflected on Wednesday’s Gospel (Jn 12:44-50), in which Jesus says: “I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness”.

Jesus, light of the world

Pope Francis explained that Jesus’s mission is to enlighten because “He is the light of the world”.

He continued saying that the mission of the apostles was also to bring this light, the light of Jesus, “because the world is in darkness”.

But the drama of Jesus’s light, stressed the Pope, “is that it was rejected; His people did not welcome him. They loved darkness more than light; they were slaves to darkness”.

Pope Francis described how the light makes us see things as they are; it makes us see the truth.

Darkness to light

Dwelling on Saint Paul, the Pope said that he too had this experience of the passage from darkness to light and “it is a passage to which we are also called”.

Jesus brings the light to His people but they reject Him, noted Pope Francis.

He went on to say, that our sin is what blinds us and we cannot tolerate the light, because our eyes are sick.

Blinded by sin

We are blinded, the Pope said, by vices, pride and the worldly spirit.

“It is not easy to live in the light because it makes us see the ugly things inside that we do not want to see: our sins”, he insisted.

Vices, pride and the worldly spirit push us to associate with others “to remain safe in the dark”, the pontiff continued.

“We often talk about mafias: this is it. But there are spiritual mafias, there are domestic mafias…” that take advantage of our “search for someone else to cover up and stay in the dark”, and stop us in our search for Jesus.

But if we are conscious of these sins, Pope Francis added, “we will not find a wall, no, we will find an exit”, because Jesus himself says that He is the light.

Pope Francis underlined that Jesus came into the world not to condemn but to save, and “we must let ourselves be enlightened in our daily darkness”.

Courage to be enlightened

Have courage, the Pope emphasised: “let yourself be enlightened, let yourself be seen for what you have inside”, because it is Jesus who leads you forward; who saves you.

It is “the Lord who saves us from the darkness that we have inside, from the darkness of daily life, of social life, of political life, of national and international life”, Pope Francis said.

Conversion, he highlighted, “is passing from darkness to light”.

“The Lord saves us, but He asks us to see the darkness first… The Lord is good, He is gentle, He is near to us. He came to save us. Let’s not be afraid of the light of Jesus”.

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