Red Letter Day 4: You Are the Light of the World
2015 Lent Blog
Saturday February 21
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.
“You are the light of the world. A city 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 men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Jesus continues after the beatitudes with the calling of his disciples to be salt and light for the world. It is hard to imagine a world without light that we commonly take for granted. Early in my ministry in 1989 and 90, I brought communion to a 99 year old at a nursing home every month. Her name was Mary. She had not lost anything mentally and she could tell stories of the history of Chicago where she grew up and lived her entire life. I asked her one day what was the most exciting change in lifetime, I was thinking cars, but she said when Chicago and her neighborhood got electricity. She said it changed so much of life. Light brought safety, peace and a sense of knowing where you are going.
I think of Mary and a Chicago full of darkness and struggling to get a lamp to go anywhere in the darkness. We are meant to be the lamps of light, that bring peace and meaning to the world in which we live. Light changes darkness just with its mere presence. Jesus, help us in life to bring your light to the dark corners of this world.
In Christ’s Service,