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Day 32:  Darkness Over The Land

Day 32: Darkness Over the Land

When God made the heavenly bodies, He declared: “Let them be for signs and … to give light upon the earth” (Genesis 1:14–15).

On the day Jesus was crucified, as the midday sun hid its face in shame and refused to perform its assigned task, it was indeed a sign. The “Sun of Righteousness” Himself, as the prophet Malachi had foretold, had been eclipsed by the sin of the world.

Anne Catherine Emmerich elaborated on that sign. She saw the whole cosmos, from the little sparrows to the immense galaxies, injured and crippled by this assault on its Creator and Sustainer. If it is true that, as St. Paul said, “in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16), then surely at His death, all things were falling apart. But there was more.

The darkness, the visionary insisted, was also a mirror of the blackness that descended over the interior landscape of Our Lord. To gaze on the deep murkiness that wrapped the land and the people was thus to catch a glimpse of the terrible abyss into which His soul was plummeting.

Even so, the darkest hour is just before dawn, and this gloom was a sign as well that the “Dawn from on high” was close at hand—“to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death” (Luke 1:78). In that hour, Our Lord prayed for God’s will to be done, so that even in the catastrophic darkness, the heavens might “proclaim His handiwork” (Psalm 19:1).

When darkness overwhelms our souls, Lord Jesus, shine your light down upon us. Illuminate our sins so that you we can ask you to purge them, and guide our way back into your loving embrace.

From the Visions of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich

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