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Light In Dark Times

Scripture: John 1:4-5; John 8:12; Matthew 5:14-16

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Reflection:

Light is not something we actually see; it is that by which we see everything else. The clearer and brighter the light, the more clearly we see reality.

First of all, Jesus claims to be Him by whom we see all things clearly. If he is the light of the world, it is only through Jesus that we see what is true and right about the world. We understand the world the way it really is. (John 8:12)

Secondly, Jesus changes the conversation by making the surprising claim that not only is HE the light of the world, but WE are also the light of the world. (Matthew 5:14) So, we too are called to be people through whom others see the world clearly, truthfully and accurately.

Finally, when we speak of light, we are speaking of an interaction with Jesus, or rather, an interaction between He who IS light, and we who are called to BE light. There is no more important time to heed this call. The world is in a dark place. Let’s show it how to live in the light!

 

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