"You are the light of the world" (Matthew 5:14)
"Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life" (John 8:12)
From your Lent in a Bag, take out your votive candle and turn it on. If you don't have Lent in a Bag, find a candle and light it.
As we draw towards the end of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week, we are reminded that soon the forces of darkness will take over. The light will dim. Often on Good Friday at the end of worship the Christ Candle is the only candle left illuminating the sanctuary. This reminds us in our grief what the gospel proclaims, "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it" (John 1:5).
Jesus has died, but the promise of the resurrection is fast and sure. So even in the darkest of moments we have hope.
We live in a spiritually dark world, where mass shootings are commonplace, inequalities seem impossible to change, where faith seems to divide instead of unite. Even in these difficult times we are called to reflect the light of Jesus. We are living lanterns, called to cast our light into some dark corner. Where today will you shine? Who will you care for? What kind words and encouraging words will you speak? To whom suffering, hurting person will your presence bring comfort? Be the light people need to make their way in these uncertain times, and never underestimate the good that one light, shining brightly, can bring to a troubled heart. Despite the darkness, let us be like Jesus and shine bright!