John 5:31–47


In John’s Gospel, Jesus calls John the Baptist “a burning and shining lamp” (5:35). It’s a powerful image because one of the world’s primary contrasts is between darkness and light. In the prologue, the Gospel says of John the Baptist, “He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him” (1:7). Jesus later says, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (8:12). Christ is the true light, the light which shines in the darkness, and John the Baptist is a servant of this light.


Lord Jesus, open our hearts to your divine testimony that we may recognize your works and words as the path to eternal life. May we believe in your teachings as our trustworthy source of hope. Amen.


Light a candle at home or your parish church today. Meditate on Christ, the light of the world.

We look forward to praying with you again tomorrow.