Jesus answered, “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
One of my favorite sayings is “let’s shed some light on this.” It’s a familiar expression to use when you want to take a closer look at an object or situation and examine it from a different angle.
The phrase came to mind recently when I noticed that vision is central to Jesus’ ministry. All four Gospels include stories of Jesus healing people who were blind. In John’s Gospel, Jesus heals a man blind from birth by making mud and rubbing it on his eyes. Instead of delighting in the miracle, the Pharisees challenge Jesus because he healed on a Sabbath. Jesus responds by saying again, “I am the light of the world,” but this time he adds a warning about spiritual blindness.
Jesus is asking all of us to open our eyes and see differently. He wants us to remove our blinders and to look closely and lovingly at people and situations around us. Have we failed to see that a neighbor is struggling? Have we been second-guessing a co-worker’s motivations or frustrated by a church member’s actions without realizing we are the ones in the dark? Jesus encourages us to wipe away our spiritual blindness and gain a new vision. When we live in Christ, we can shed some light on the unexpected.
Jesus, you are the light of the world. Remove our blinders so we can see your truth. Help us to be a reflection of your light. Amen.
Christ gives us new vision to spread his light in the world. Consider how you can take a new look at a current situation.
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