Scripture: Luke 11:27-36
Key verses: (33-36)
33″No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar, but on the lampstand so that those who enter may see the light.34Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light; but if it is not healthy, your body is full of darkness. 35Therefore consider whether the light in you is not darkness. 36If then your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays.”
Reflection: These words from Jesus come at just the right time as we progress through the last weeks of a particularly divisive election season. Television, social media, and mailboxes are inundated with negative ads, and repetitive images and sound bites. I find myself looking and listening even when I don’t want to; even when I know what I will hear will raise my heart rate, my blood pressure, and my frustration level. There is a sense of darkness that has developed around this election, and between candidates and their supporters. Maybe it’s always a bit this way, but something feels different this time.
This scripture passage comes in the middle of a longer discourse that has some divisive rhetoric in it as well, even from Jesus. There is condemnation and name-calling: “hypocrite”, “foolish”, “an evil generation.” Yet in the middle of all that is this call from Jesus to keep our eyes healthy, and full of light. I’d go further and suggest that our ears, too, need some attention. Can we follow Jesus in these next weeks by looking and listening for the light, rather than more darkness?
I’m going to turn off the constant flow of political information and have some set-apart time for words, pictures, and sounds of joy and hope and peace. I might even share some of that light, setting it on a lampstand, so that others can see through the darkness too. So here’s my offering for today: a video of images of light, with Yo Yo Ma on the cello, and James Taylor singing “Here Comes the Sun.” Enjoy.
Prayer: Lord, open my eyes and ears to your light. May I be one who shares your light with others. Fill my conversations in these next days and weeks with light and your love. I pray in the name of your Son, the Prince of Peace, and Light of the World, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Author: Julie Hester
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].