Friday, 25 January 2013

Let your light shine

A mother asked her little boy during a church service what a saint was. The boy looked up at the stained glass windows and replied: "A saint is someone who the light shines through."

That reminds me of Jesus' teaching in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:14-16) that his disciples are to be light to the world. Do we shine for Jesus in the way we live and speak? Can people see the Light of the World in and through us?

Thinking of this idea sets of all kinds of biblical resonances from the shining face of Moses after he meets God on the mountain in Exodus 34:29-35 to the passage in 2 Corinthians 3:18 where Paul, talking about the transformation of the Christian "from one degree of glory to another" uses the same word for "transform" as the one used by the gospel writers of Jesus in Matthew 17:1-7. Here the word is "transfigured" but its the same in the Greek. The word means "luminous" like a glass bulb is made luminous by the light from within. Are we too, to become "transfigured" like Jesus?
(John Wesley, above, is sometimes portrayed as having a shining face. Artistic license or faithful portraiture?)

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