In darkness light

Now after John was arrested,
Jesus came to Galilee,
proclaiming the good news of God.
—Mark 1.14

Watch the verbs: arrested… came… proclaiming.
The face-to-face of injustice and grace
is no coincidence.
Already in Mark’s first chapter
Jesus approaches the Cross.
The word of God’s disruptive grace,
the fierce and tender love
that undermines the Empire itself
is good news for bad times.
The Word neither hides from the world’s darkness,
nor succumbs to it—
the light shines in the darkness, the darkness,
and the darkness can’t overcome it.
It seeks the dark, and enters, and shines.

Breath prayer:
In darkness … light

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

January 19, 2021

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