For a long time, it had seemed to me that life was about to begin — real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. (Alfred D’Souza, archbishop in India)

D’Souza continues, “Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last, it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.” What a good reminder that wishing and hoping for something in the future is to ignore present reality. What is here now comprises the life we are to enjoy and work in.

Jesus: “I am the bread of life. . . I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (John 6:35; 8:12)