God is Light!

1 John 1:5
This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.

There are two reasons we cannot see things.  We cannot see into the heart of evil for the same reason we cannot see into the heart of a cave: it’s too dark.  That is why evil is called a mystery in Scripture.  It is fundamentally murky and absurd at its core.  But many people then make the mistake of thinking that God (who is also called a mystery in Scripture) is similarly murky and absurd.  But they are mistaking opposites for identicals.  God is, to be sure, a mystery – indeed the greatest Mystery.  But the reason we do not see Him clearly is not that He is too dark, but that our eyes are too weak to bear the sheer luminosity of His glory.  Once again, the sheer simplicity of God flummoxes the false complexity of human beings.  He is light.  Period.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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    Flummox…. isn't that a South American weasel? Mark, have you been watching Bill O'Reilly again? Just kidding, and thanks for another good article.