“No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.” Luke 11:33-36 Jesus came as the Light of the World. He brought an illumination to all those who would look into His face and reflect His light. He brought life and joy. But He knew that His time on earth was temporary. He would be the most important visitor for all of eternity, but He could not stay. His love for the world is so great, so passionate that He couldn’t leave us in darkness. He left with a plan. He called us to be His light. On the day of Pentecost tongues of fire descended on the followers of Jesus. The church was lit by fire. As we read the verses for today, we hear Him speaking of this light to His disciples. He is telling them that once they have received this light they dare not hide it. It can’t be buried in the cellar of fear or the basket of assuming that someone else will tell. We are called to stand tall. We have the most life-changing, blessed message of all time. It is hope and peace and rest. It is called the Good News on purpose. It is time for the Light that we have to become the Light for everyone.
Our world lives in darkness. We have been set on fire to bring Light.