Canto 2 Paradise: Light

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2: 9).

This was part of today’s epistle reading. And to coincide from Dante’s Paradise:

“I wish to fill your intellect with light, light so aflame with life that cannot cease, in your eyes it will tremble like a star.”

Beatrice is ascending with Dante toward the first sphere, that of the moon.

The Divine Comedy is a journey from darkness toward light. Light eternal where all time exists. Where all mysteries are understood. Dante understands the Trinity not with reason or philosophy, but with seeing, beholding God in three persons, yet one God. In eternal light all is seen and known.

When we look up toward God and set our minds on heavenly things, we move toward God, toward light. The Israelites were called out of Egypt–out of darkness and back to their home. Darkness is not our origin or our home. It is in the light of God. We are chosen by God as his children. We are worthy because of Christ. Only in His light is where life is.

Hiding our faults and sins in darkness in deceit in secrecy causes our whole being to become darkened. It is in the light, naked before God that we are forgiven. God’s light, like that all consuming love, like fire–pains us, but it is good for us. God transforms us remakes us into who we are meant to be.

In darkness, there is little hope, or no hope. You cannot see any good coming from a situation you have put yourself in.

But God calls us out of darkness into his embrace. His all encompassing light and love. Look toward Him who loves you and cares for you more than anyone in your life.

(Some insights adapted from Tony Esolen and Dr. Matt Moser).

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