The first two words I heard were “darkness” and “death.”
The various media commentators used these words, reflecting on Mr. Trump’s acceptance speech on Thursday. “Darkness” and “death.”
Our public and political discourse seems to have given voice to a deep-seated anger and frustration that has expressed itself in unkind, even violent (physical and verbal) behaviors.
We have seen “easy” words (“We’re angry”) become “easy” actions (shootings, brawls).
And in direct contrast to that, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world” and “I am the Resurrection and the Life.”
Light and life. Words we cherish and enshrine in a Constitution and Catechism. Actions that we honor with National Medals and canonizations.
Regardless of how dark and angry our environment, businesses, parishes, or Church may become, we are called to be light — always — in the world. To stand up for what is good and right, to model Christ’s response to the darkness and death that he encountered in his world. To offer faith instead of faithlessness, healing instead of pain, a path forward instead of a pit downward.
One of the stories and pictures that has stayed in my mind lately has been that of the protesters who were joined by police — joined, not opposed by.
Faith instead of faithlessness. Healing instead of pain. Forward instead of downward.
Light instead of dark.