“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.’” – John 8:12
The words of John 8:12 are so beautiful and accessible and powerful that I cannot truly imagine the multitudes of people who have gravitated to them for comfort and guidance in every age since Jesus spoke them. I have to confess that the very ubiquity of these particular words in this season can inure me to His message. I can be the admirer rather than the follower. Today I have reflected on Jesus' audacious boldness in proclaiming these words, at the Feast of Tabernacles no less, where great candelabra would have been lit in memory of God's presence to His people as a Pillar of Fire, light guiding the Exodus out of Egypt. Now Jesus incarnate proclaims He is the Light of God in flesh, truly present among us, guiding us to a New Exodus out of the darkness of sin to our eternal salvation, the Light of life.
Jesus is indeed the Light of the world, every minute of every day, always amid us, beckoning us, every one of us on earth, to follow Him out of darkness. How often do I assent to take up that invitation to step out of my darkness, or to even recognize His invitation as such, especially as it would seem to surround me in the Christmas season?
Barbara Conte began attending St. Stephen's 10:30 a.m. Sunday service in April 2013 and along with her spouse Nell Gutierrez was received into the Episcopal Church in December of that same year. She serves as a reader during Sunday services, has very much enjoyed her apprenticeship on this year's Stewardship Committee, and loves the fellowship of Foyers.