What does God’s “great light” of truth and righteousness look like? Is it a divine spotlight that suddenly flicks on, blinding us with its intensity? Or is it more like the fuzzy dawn over the seashore, gradually but persistently breaking through the gloom of night and fog?
This week’s Gospel lesson juxtaposes the Old Testament promise of “more light” with the person of Jesus — God With Us, hanging out with other working folk around the docks, something in his words and bearing so profound, so riveting to some of the people he encounters that they literally leave everything to follow him.
But we also learn that there’s something about this gentle, compelling light that others find threatening — so much so that in our lesson, as seems to happen frequently during Jesus’ ministry, Jesus needs to retreat from those who seek to eclipse his presence in the world.
And our Epistle lesson reminds us that even those of us who claim Christ have a disturbing tendency to ignore the inbreaking light of Christ enfolding and embracing us, and instead seek to ground our faith primarily in whatever spark of attraction we see in a particular faction within the Christian community.
What texts do you find particularly enlightening this week? Is there another connective subtext in the lessons that’s speaking to you? Or are you preaching on/teaching on/praying something completely different? Share your thoughts here!