"For you are all children of light and children of the day;
we are not of the night or of darkness." 1 Thessalonians 5.5
On Maundy Thursday we remember Jesus giving us the sacrament of Holy Communion, the foot washing and the betrayal of Jesus. John in his Gospel makes the point that as Judas was leaving to go and betray Jesus--it was night. Night in John's Gospel especially is a vivid metaphor for all those things that run counter to God. Judas of course goes out to betray Jesus at night, because he has been overcome by the darkness of this world. This is not our lot!
|BABUREN, Dirck van Christ Washing the Apostles Feet|
This happens when we follow his example of washing feet. That is, to serve each other, and to find in service to the other the highest calling of the Christian life. This reality gets shown in the parable of the Sheep and the Goats which suggests that the mystery of the incarnation (God come to us in Christ) continues to be lived out in the love that we show for one another. Tonight at worship I'll undoubtedly talk about the sacrament and about what it means to come to the family table of our Lord; but I'll probably also call us back to the family business....we do feet. That's what it means to be a child of the light.
A prayer: "Dear Lord, help us to let our light so shine before others that they might see you reflected in what we do. Amen"