“Bestow on us, we pray, O Lord, a spirit of always pondering on what is right and of hastening to carry it out, and, since without you we cannot exist, may we be enabled to live according to your will. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.”
Jesus sat on a hillside and changed the world. For the first time ever, the ideas expressed in the Sermon on the Mount were expressed, most likely to a shocked audience. Love your enemy, don’t respond to violence with violence, don’t expect repayment--these concepts were new and challenging. This wasn’t a passive faith. Jesus wasn’t telling people how to sit back and get trampled. Jesus was advocating active love.
In the middle of this sermon Jesus looks at his followers and calls them salt. He tells them they give the earth it’s flavor. They make it better. They are the light in a dark place and cannot hide any longer. He’s not only calling himself the Light of the World, but also his followers. Us. Because Christ lives in us, we are the light that can’t remain hidden. We are supposed to shine. People are supposed to see what we do and be amazed, be overwhelmed, and be pointed to Jesus.
As we ponder on what God wants us to do, may we remember to be active. A faith that is scared is childish faith, not “child-like faith”. Lent reminds us we are the light of the world, and gives us the opportunity to let God re-light our lamps.
Prayer points // Pray that the light of the world would shine through you in your work place, your home, and your community. Pray for Christ's love to brightly shine through you.
Scripture Mediation // Mark 4:21-25, Matthew 5:14-16