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Fourth Sunday In Lent: Gospel Ponderings

Ephesians 5:8-14

Once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light— for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,

“Sleeper, awake!
Rise from the dead,

and Christ will shine on you.”

  • One of my personal daily intentions has been to live each day to the absolute fullest.  The reality is that none of us know how long we have to grace this earth.  Therefore, each evening before retiring for the night I’ve been writing in my journal for the next day, “Today is going to be the best day ever.”  I awaken in the morning and see this statement written across my planner for the day.  Life in Christ is not about being happy, or even content.  Our lives in and through Jesus are to be about living as “children of light.”  While my days will, undoubtedly, still have things happen that I don’t care for, I can still live as a child of the light of Christ.  I am capable of doing this not of my own will and merit, but rather, because of the love of God from before the beginning of time; the same God who declares that Jesus and all of God’s creation are God’s beloved.  How do we live our daily lives as children of light?  Are we willing to shine the light of God into the dark corners of society, to share who Jesus was and is, how Jesus lived, and what Jesus stands for?
  • Lord of all hopefulness and Lord of all light, we come before You are recognize that we are Your children.  We pray You to give us the courage and the strength to live into the light of your love and abundance.  Enable and equip Your Church to stand for justice and compassion, that we may be agents of healing and reconciliation in the world about us; for the same world torn by strife is the same world you love and yearn to have reconciled to your Light.  Amen.