Today, God is teaching me that an effective way to deal with the causes of sin in myself is to do good.
If I turn towards others and set about serving their needs instead of punishing or controlling them:
‘Then will your light shine like the dawn and your wound be quickly healed over.’ (Isaiah 58:8)
What is negative in me will be shone away without my having to focus on it, as light naturally dispels darkness:
‘your light will rise in the darkness and your shadows become like noon.’ (Isaiah 58:10)
As St. Bonaventure taught, ‘Goodness diffuses itself’. In other words, it is the nature of goodness to spread itself around. The Book of Genesis, Chapter One tells us that everything God created is good, including humans. This means it is our nature to share with the rest of creation all that we are and have by divine gift. Jesus’ illustrates this truth with the examples of salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16). It is the nature of light to illuminate the space around it and the nature of salt to flavour the food to which it is added. Light which is completely covered over and salt which is tasteless are useless, absurd and unnatural. So am I, when I am self-centred and lacking generosity. But whenever I act with love, God’s light dispels my shadows.
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