"The crowd answered him, 'We have heard from the law that the Messiah remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?'Jesus said to them, 'The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.'"
As we walk together during this holy week we are called to reflect on the themes of darkness and light. We reflect on the very "dark" themes of Jesus' betrayal by friends, his torture on the cross, and his death. But we do so not to wallow in sense of depression or hopelessness. In other words, we don't allow ourselves to be overtaken by darkness. It is hope that prevents this.
What does it mean to become "children of light" as Jesus says? It seems to involve acknowledging the darkness in our lives, and then looking hopefully toward a path to a better day. Children don't feel set in their ways. Children look ahead to future that is different from their current experience. Children live lives of hope. In these final days of Lent, may we all strive to step beyond the darkness with the hope of children. May we all become children of light.