Let Us Not Stumble

"Jesus answered: Are there not twelve hours of daylight? A man who walks by day will not stumble, for he sees by this world's light." (John, 11:9)

The context of this question from the Master has a vast significance for the disciples of today.

"Are there not twelve hours of daylight?"

Each one should conscientiously ask himself in what tasks he is applying such a great patrimony of time.

It is said emphatically that there is a great problem of unemployment in modern days. Nonetheless, whatever crisis of this nature arises will not result from lack of employment, but rather, from the absence of individual good will.

A careful investigation into this matter would reveal the truth. Many individuals remain inactive because they rebel against the type of service that is offered to them, or in nonconformity due to the particular salaries.

Imbalance, immediately takes over.

The laziness of the workers provokes vigilance on the part of the administrators and the laws in the world reflect this animosity and distrust.

If the arms become stationary the factories sleep.

The same thing occurs in the sphere of spiritual action.

How many students abandon their tasks alleging lack of time? How many transfer into zones of laziness, because this or that minor incident occurred, which is in full disagreement with the superior principles that they embrace?

And for nonsense, a great number of vigorous workers seek the rearguard full of shadows. However, those that possess acute hearing can still listen to those words of the Lord: "Are there not twelve hours of daylight? A man who walks by day will not stumble."

XAVIER, Francisco Cândido. Our Daily Bread. By the Spirit Emmanuel. Spititist Alliance for Books, 2003. Chapter 153.