John uses the image of light to connect our minds to the mystery of our faith that he is revealing. We might say there are four kinds of light for us to consider.
- There is the Light of Seeing, the light that enables us to behold this wondrous creation of which we are a part. Seeing is the point at which our learning begins.
- The second is the Light of Knowledge. As we look ever more deeply into the wonders of creation, our ability to interact with it increases. We become co-creators in creation, using our knowledge of its workings to enhance and develop our living experience.
- At this point a third light takes over, the Light of Wisdom. It enters our thinking that there seems to be a designed purpose for the way all creation fits together. The philosopher in us begins to asking questions and seeking answers. We know how it all works, but why?
- We have now reached the point at which these three lights can take us no further. The answer to the question, who am I, why am I here, where am I going, must be answered outside of us. We need the Light of Revelation to tell us. "The light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world." He comes to shed light on our deepest of questions. "But to all who receive him, who believe in his name, he gave power to become children of God." And so, the question, why, is ansered.
THE WISE STILL SEEK HIM