Readings: Psalm 89, Jeremiah 16:10-21, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 6:1-15
8 at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, "Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."
The image of light is sprinkled throughout Paul’s letter to the Ephesians: “you are light, you are children of light, so your role is to shine into the dark corners of life and show up what is going on. In doing
so, you are acting as agents of Christ himself, the world’s true light, summoning the dead to life, to wake up to God’s new day.”( –N.T Wright) Do we bear out the fruit of this challenge in our lives today? We have made the turn toward home in Lent. In the nearing distance we can see Golgotha, and the garden Tomb in its shadow. Beyond that, the great city of Jerusalem where the Holy Spirit would come in power with a purpose to send the Church to the four corners of the earth. That purpose has not changed. As Children of the Light we are called to live into the fullness of the light of Jesus Christ, living in obedience under His sovereignty, loving with his radical love, and reaching out in love in the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus, make it so in my life.