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 stands, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
~Matthew 5: 14-15
I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen. Not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
This time of year some mornings seem so dark I wonder if the sun will ever rise. This feels like a crawl-back-under-the-covers-and-hide type of day.
Yet this parable explains we are not allowed to hide the Light we reflect, not under a bowl and not under the blankets.
We are created to shine whether we feel like it or not.
His Light has become ours, meant to illuminate everything and everyone around us.
May my eyes see, my ears hear, my heart understand. He prepares me with parable.
I see your world in light that shines behind me,
Lit by a sun whose rays I cannot see,
The smallest gleam of light still seems to find me
Or find the child who’s hiding deep inside me.
I see your light reflected in the water,
Or kindled suddenly in someone’s eyes,
It shimmers through the living leaves of summer,
Or spills from silver veins in leaden skies,
It gathers in the candles at our vespers
It concentrates in tiny drops of dew
At times it sings for joy, at times it whispers,
But all the time it calls me back to you.
I follow you upstream through this dark night
My saviour, source, and spring, my life and light.
~Malcolm Guite “I am the Light of the World”