Carmel Bulletin, 12 April 2021

At the inauguration of US President Joe Biden in January, poet Amanda Gorman’s recitation began with a question:

When day comes we ask ourselves,
where can we find light in this never-ending shade?

Throughout our human existence, the struggle between light and darkness, between good and evil, has been constant.  While she spoke to the challenges in American society, we know that here, in our own place and time, shadows loom over us as well.  We despair at the continuing shadows of COVID, the fear that comes with unstable work, of the abuse of power and privilege, and the need to respect the dignity of our most vulnerable.

So too, our Easter Vigil celebration last week began amidst the darkness of night, within the “never-ending shade”.  Yet in that darkness, a light emerged.  Fragile though it may have been, it became for us again our source of light, warmth, goodness and hope.  Although it was a ritual that, like many, was restricted last year, the echo of “The light of Christ” through our church reminded us that it is through Jesus himself that we find our triumph over evil, suffering, and death.

Watch Amanda Gorman reciting her poem, The Hill We Climb, at the 2021 US Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, or read the poem here.

Photos by Uriel Mont on, and Tucu0103 Bianca on

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