St. Paul tells us that we are to “cast off the works of darknessand put on the armor of light”—we are to conduct ourselves aspeople of light. Too often people try to escape or reject their cross;they flee to the darkness, escape in alcohol or sex, or immersethemselves in anger, all because things have not gone their way.Without the grace of God, this is our fate as well. Yet when weare handed a cross, if we abandon ourselves and trust in God asChrist did, what seems like defeat is in fact a victory! The evil thatis done to us, God can mold into good. Then we can singHosanna to God in the highest, because the light of God will livein us and we will see everything in his light.