Fourth Sunday in Lent
You will read this passage about light just a few weeks after our clocks have been turned ahead one hour in most of the United States to observe Daylight Savings Time. This will bring more light to our evenings, so that many of us will enjoy an extra hour of sunlight to drive home from work, take a walk, or just to eat dinner with some sunlight in the sky! The effect of light upon our spirits and behavior is generally positive; as our days grow longer with more light, many of us find a sense of hope in the coming of spring.
Again, the ordinary element of light, essential for the survival of all different kinds of life on earth, is used by Jesus to demonstrate the extraordinary in our midst. His healing miracle brings light to one who was blind. Yet is it only physical sight, or is it only natural light, that we seek?
Jesus reminds his listeners that with all the light in the world, some of us are still not able to see. Is it ordinary sight of which he speaks? No, Jesus speaks of the extraordinary: the ability to see the Son of Man, God incarnate, with us now. And when we see that Jesus is with us, in the ordinary births, water, light, and deaths of our world, will we not live as if this life that we have been given is an extraordinary, blessed gift? Will we not see the blessings in the everyday? Daylight savings or not, may we be blessed with enough of the light of Christ to see the extraordinary blessings in our lives today.
Janel Rice, pastor, Calvary Moravian Church