How long will the night last?
“Judas, taking the morsel, went out immediately. And it was night “ (John 13:30). A few words to describe a dramatic scene: a man, now at the mercy of his crazy projects, abandons Christ – the light – and is swallowed by darkness.
Man fears the darkness of the night and is heartened when he sees the first signs of dawn. Sentries scan the horizon, waiting for the dawn (Ps. 130 , 6). Long are the nights of those who burn with fever, are troubled by nightmares and are in the state of tossing and turning up in the morning (7 Gb , 3-4).
One who precipitates in the darkness of vice, falsehood, injustice also waits for the ray of light. Who announces the end of a painful night and the beginning of a new day waits for that ray of light too.
Watchman, how much of the night remains?, the prophet asks (Isaiah 21, 11). How much longer will the darkness of evil and of sin in the world be? When will the people be freed from the power of darkness”? (Col 1: 13).
Paul invites us to hope. “This is the time to awake, for our salvation is now nearer than when we first believed; the night is almost over and the day is at hand” (Rom 13: 11-12).
The light-darkness conflict continues, waiting for the endless day, when “there will be no more night. They will not need the light of lamp or sun for God himself will be the light and they will reign forever” (Rev. 22 , 5).
To internalize the message , we repeat :
” We were darkness but now we are light.
Make us, O Lord, behave as children of the light “