Tomorrow, our world will experience a total solar eclipse. Even though Los Angeles is not in the path of the totality, it is sure to be a dynamic and memorable event, a thrilling reminder of the intricacy of God’s creation.

It is also a reminder of a different eclipse, one that threatens us every day – the eclipse of the human heart. Just as the moon can move between Earth and the sun and cast the world into darkness, hate, anger, and doubt can move between us and the true Light of Jesus Christ and throw our hearts into the darkness of sin and death.

Anything – or anyone – that comes between us and the Lord casts us into darkness. When we put our own will ahead of God’s will, we create darkness. When we withhold hope and love from others, we spread darkness. When we choose hate and fear over love and grace, we embrace darkness.

We must also be careful not to be tempted by the false light of our own desires, whether for riches, power, or some other earthly glory. Not only do these self-serving pleasures turn us away from the true Light, they fool us into thinking that we know better than God what will make us happy and how we should live our lives. They allow evil to whisper into our hearts and trick us into believing that we can decide what is right and what is wrong, and that we can therefore sit in judgment of others.

We are the people of light and love, the children of grace and hope. In the void of despair, we must stay faithful and know that the Light is there, even if we’ve lost sight of it for a moment. In the deep shadow of pain, we must lift our hearts to the true Light.

Let us reject the bitter shadows. Let us embrace the Light, so it shines for us and through us without ceasing.

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name and in Your name drive out demons and in Your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from Me, you evildoers!’”
Matthew 7:21-23