Are we moving towards the light?
“Lucy felt a little frightened, but she felt very inquisitive and excited as well. She looked back over her shoulder and there, between the dark tree-trunks, she could still see the open doorway of the wardrobe and even catch a glimpse of the empty room from which she had set out. (She had, of course, left the door open, for she knew that it is a very silly thing to shut oneself into a wardrobe.) It seemed to be still daylight there. “I can always get back if anything goes wrong,” thought Lucy. She began to walk forward, crunch-crunch over the snow and through the wood toward the other light.”
This passage from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis depicts a little girl who finds herself in one moment playing hide-and-seek in a wardrobe, and in the next standing in the middle of a strange new world. This story is a parallel to what life is like when we decide to follow Jesus. Often, our journey with the Lord can take us places where we feel both apprehensive and intrigued at the same time. In one moment, the Lord is offering us words of comfort, “Blessed are you who weep” (Lk 6:21) and in the next, he is inviting us into a radical and risky love: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” (Lk 6:27-28) If you can imagine the disciples who were listening to Jesus, they may feel that they were the victims of a bait-and-switch. But they, as we are called to, would soon realize that while the demands of the Gospel are high, that we never walk it alone. It’s not easy to love our enemies. But Jesus doesn’t just tell us. He shows us by his cross. Today we may find ourselves like little Lucy, standing between two worlds and deciding to which we belong. Though we may be a little overwhelmed, let’s resolve to move more toward the light. -Fr. Casey