Daily Office Readings for Friday of Proper 19 Year 1
“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14- 16)
I don’t know of many cities built on a hill, except for maybe Jerusalem and maybe Denver Colorado. But even then, they both sit in sort of mountain valleys. For the most part cities evolved from water sources and valley trade routes. However I can remember riding with my dad in his moving van when I was a young boy and as we approached our home city of Nashville, Tennessee after dark, he pointed out the glow of light just over the hill. He told me that it was the light coming from Nashville. I can remember being excited about finally getting back home after weeks on the road.
It feels good to be around a welcome light. Jesus says that we who follow him are the light of the world. Such a light as we are should not be hidden but rather, be a beacon to all as a witness to the goodness of God. We are what the world needs. We must let our light shine and let people know our light comes from God through Jesus Christ. Then people will have at least the opportunity to know a better way to go about their lives. They may get a hint of what it would be like to have heaven on earth, now and in our own time. Thank You Jesus. Let your Light shine.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through God’s people and ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John+