Inspiration – Love, casting out darkness

Joseph L’Heureux,
Lay Minister

Why did so many of us cradle Christians go out into the darkness, when we were brought into the light by our parents or teachers?

Why did we choose this difficult path? Did our personal ambitions and weaknesses lead us astray, or was it the many statements which encouraged our downfall, i.e. “There is no God” or “Evolution is how we got here” or “Religion is the opium of the masses” or “All religions are the same.”

Yet, this is not so. Look at what our Saviour Jesus and Creator tell us.

I am the light of the world, says the Lord.” [John 8:12]

The light shines in the darkness,” and the darkness knows it not, and “darkness cannot overcome it.” [John 1:5]

Darkness does not wish to worship the light and so darkness overcomes our light. We are told we must make that decision for Jesus and seek a personal relationship with Jesus – ‘the light’.

The light came into the world to enlighten man and woman, “to His own He came, yet His own did not accept Him.”

I repeat, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” [John 8:12]

Today, we should be “His own” yet we are behaving like the Jews of 2,000 years ago. At Jesus’ first coming when they crucified Him for our sins and He offered Himself for our daily bread. [John 6:30-56]

Mother Mary, a loving mother and prophetess, has been warning us these past 36 years to turn and return to Jesus. It seems very few of us are paying any heed.

Can you imagine pleading and warning someone for 36 years? That’s what loving, concerned mothers do.

She has said this is a time of Grace as she called us to repent, fast and pray, but warns the time is near.” [It’s Time]

All 12 prophets in the Old Testament cautioned and warned God’s people. Let’s look at one of these, the prophet Hosea.

Hear the word of the Lord, O’ people, for the Lord has an indictment against the habitants of the land. . .There is no faithfulness or loyalty, and no knowledge of God in the Land. Yet, let no one contend and let none accuse, for with you is my contention, O Priest.” [Hosea 4:1&4]

And it shall be like people, like priest; I will punish them for their ways, and repay them for their deeds…Wine and new wine takes away understanding…For a spirit of seduction has led them astray…thus a people without understanding comes to ruin.” [Hosea 4:9 and 11-12 and 14]

When Israel or Jerusalem did not accept Jesus and crucified Him, Jerusalem was destroyed 40 years later in 70 A.D. Israel did not in exist again until 1948 when they again became a nation.

Sounds harsh, does it?

Yes, Our God is a jealous God, He is also a fair and just God, rewarding us according to our deeds and sins.

Look at Syria, Iran, Iraq and Turkey. These were the first countries to be Evangelized after the coming of Jesus. Are they paying the price for their apostasy?

We, both Canada and the U.S., were founded on Christian laws, precepts, and values yet where are we today? Abortion, euthanasia, and much more, we are countries who have lost our moral compass.

This year, there are even greater numbers of disasters in our midst: floods, unprecedented numbers of fires, three hurricanes, major storms, yet we are not aware of who is in charge of our well being. What will it take to bring us back to our Christian roots?

Let’s look at a few: fires in Williams Lake and Waterton Lakes; hurricanes Irma, Maria and Jose; floods in Houston; earthquakes in Japan and Mexico.

Coincidence or God incidence, all these above happening on or around Sept. 8, Mother Mary’s feast day honouring her birth.

Jesus pointed out two disasters in His time where Pilate had slaughtered Galileans in the blood of their sacrifices, and Siloam, and where 18 people died when a tower fell on them. Of these, Jesus said, “Do you think these Galileans were the greatest sinners? By no means! Except you repent, you shall all likewise perish.” [Luke 13:1-5]

God does not wish anyone to perish but that all would be saved.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son [Jesus], so that anyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life.” [John 3:16]

God is love and wishes to give us this all abiding love, the all consuming love, the ability to love the unlovable, this is the love that cast out all darkness. [John 5:16-17]

God Bless!

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