The Minister writes

'Let there be light!'

 

Dear All,

In the Gospel text, the followers of Jesus are referred to as the ‘light of the world’ and as a ‘city built on a hill that cannot be hidden’ (Matthew 5:14ff).  I am drawn to this concept of light.  I am sure we all love light!  In recent weeks we have even had the treat of sunlight on many occasions!  And who doesn’t enjoy the lighter evenings?  But the point is this - there is something very special about light, wherever it is found.

The ‘light of the world’, ‘city on a hill’ references to light could draw us to picture in our mind the way in which, say if you are travelling during the hours of darkness, the bright lights of a city are clearly visible even from a distance, creating a fascinating view of light against the night-time darkness.  You have to look across, don’t you!  I’m sure we all have our favourite motorways where views such as this appear at various points when driving at night!

But there is more to be said!  Jesus, the one who came as the ‘Light of the world’, draws us on from such reflections and says to us, ‘you are the light of the world’, ‘you are the city built on a hill that cannot be hidden.’ 

We might feel that we are surrounded by much darkness in the world, and understandably so.  In these poignant words of Jesus, we are reminded of our calling to radiate with the light we have received in Christ.  As well as receiving light, we are called to illuminate the lives of others. 

Now, this small act of service, these few words of kindness and love, this simple gesture of giving to God, to others, this little step forward in discipleship – as individuals, perhaps none of these seem particularly significant to us.  But then we remember, there is something very special about light, wherever it is found! 

And then, we recall what happens when we together at Christ Church step into our ‘light’ calling – this creates a potent combined effect: We as God’s church become an increasingly fascinating view of light against the night-time darkness.  People will just have to look across.  Of course, as they do so, they will find themselves attracted not to us, but to the One who shines through us.   

 “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16  (NRSV)         

 

Every blessing,

               An evening prayer:  Andrew's signature

God of light,

Your presence illumines even my darkest shadows.

Gather today’s sorrow and pleasure

and remake them, in me,

into generous hope, sober joy, tested faith,

that my life may be radiant with your love.

Amen.