“Between Light and Dark
by Rev. Malcolm Allsop
It is a theme which came up strongly in the course of the Holy Week evening contemplations. It emerges there almost inevitably, archetypally. It is, however around us throughout our life, in effect on a daily basis: Light, Dark and the Space Between.
During the first days of Holy Week, Palm Sunday to Tuesday particularly, the polarities of light and dark are very pronounced. On the one hand there resounds the excitement, celebration, euphoria around the arrival of “the Awaited One”. On the other hand the forces gain momentum which deny Jesus Christ being that awaited Saviour. Light and dark qualities are centre stage. Helpfully though, this example from Holy Week doesn’t quite fit into the common interpretation of light equalling good, dark equalling bad. The mood is rather one of earthly soul extremes; overly excarnated and irrational, overly incarnated, stuck. (Is it the difference, metaphorically, between blinded and blind?)
How is that with a sentence such as “Christ’s light in our daylight”, which we know from the Act of Consecration of Man throughout the year? This becomes very tangible in the mid-week events of Holy Week, providing a picture which is relevant for daily life altogether. Into the polarities of those first days Christ introduces something completely different, from within Himself. Looking back and looking forward, He introduces soul qualities into the evolving events, inner qualities which are transformative for the future.
Three examples which we looked at are the following:
Firstly, in the daily journey to and from Bethany, or in the life-long dedication of a person such as Mother Teresa, flows more than a dedication to duty – it is an outpouring of love, for humanity.
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