THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

The Scriptures often use images of light and darkness to describe the impact of God’s Reign on the world. The works of evil, often done in secret with much deception and obscuring of the truth, are described as darkness which makes it harder for us to see and navigate the world effectively, and which brings much pain and struggle into our lives. The Reign of God, however, is described as a light which illuminates our lives, directing and warming us, and protecting us from the effects of darkness. These images are also used by the Gospel writers to describe the ministry of Jesus, which is why Jesus referred to himself as the light of the world.

As we seek to follow Jesus, we are called to embrace God’s light and to turn away from the darkness. This means that we must learn to become people of truth, integrity, faithfulness, grace and justice who oppose dishonesty, expediency, insincerity and injustice. This is why Jesus also called his followers the light of the world. To fight the darkness we need only to let our little light shine, as the old Sunday School song said.

This week we explore living in, and being reflections of, God’s light.

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