“Put that bloody light out! Don’t you know there’s a war going on?!!”
Thus spake countless ARP wardens in Britain during WW2. Night time enemy bombers high above could be guided to their targets by the slightest glimmer of light emerging from down below, and would unleash their high explosive payload without mercy upon them.
How different was the guidance of our Saviour:
“Do not hide your light under a bushel!”
With this commandment, He literally instructed us to invite bombardment upon ourselves. How very Christian of Him!
There is a war going on. It always has been, and always is, and always will be.
It is the war between ideal perfection and reality. It is a blood-soaked and despair-ridden affray.
There is hope though. Amidst the battlefield there run kindly souls tending the wounded, patching them up to fight again or retreat perhaps such as is wisest.
Under the sign of the blooded red Cross such individuals race to and fro, their commanding officer’s orders to fulfil.
Yes, the Church is a “field hospital”. Its Sacraments are medicines for the ailing, not rewards for the proudly and comfortably well.
My plea is for all people to get greater “situational awareness”-any soldier will tell you that this is an essential.
We are all at war, but we must keep the light ON, for Christ’s sake.