Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
6 July 2014
The Lord is my light and my salvation: whom shall I fear? Today’s Introit would have us make these words, taken from Psalm 26, our own. Since we believe that all Scripture points to and is fulfilled by Jesus — “the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Mt. 16:16) — we should consider this passage in relation to Christ Jesus our Lord. He is “my light” because, as we hear at every Mass, Christ, the Word of God, is “the light of men, the true light that enlightens every man that comes into the world” (Jn. 1:9). And elsewhere in the Gospel of St. John, Our Lord declares, “I am the light of the world: he that follows me walks not in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
One of the things the light of unaided reason can grasp is the existence of an objective moral order; that there is a right and a wrong that exists beyond the arbitrary decisions and determinations of the human will. The ancient Greeks and Romans understood that this moral order, or natural law, was rooted in the divine Word or Logos, the source of the order and intelligibility of the universe. The Fathers of the Church understood that Christ was that Logos; that to follow Christ was to fulfill human nature itself, and that far beyond what man could do on his own.