Light Shone in the Darkness

The Gospel of St. John, whose feast is today, reveals Jesus to us as the One who comes not to condemn the ugliness of sin, but to call forth from darkness, light; from sin, pardon; from disease, well-being; from alienation, welcome; from death, life.

In every broken human life there is beauty hidden, awaiting the saving voice of the Son of God: “Come forth!”

Unless we look at a person and see the beauty there is in this person, we can contribute nothing to him. One does not help a person by discerning what is wrong, what is ugly, what is distorted. Christ looked at everyone he met, at the prostitute, at the thief, and saw the beauty hidden there. Perhaps it was distorted, perhaps damaged, but it was beauty none the less, and what he did was to call out this beauty.

– Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh

Sounds like a way of life to me…

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