The truth about me – I am capable of great evil. Any bit of good, that was God you saw, not me. If the goal actually was to be good, my heart would quickly yell, “liar!” “failure!” all the time, and it would be true. And if a week of Lent is meant to remind me again of the darkness of my sin, then it’s done that well. But if that’s it, how miserable and depressing. Sin is not the full story (although it feels like it sometimes).
Don’t forget the Light!
Sunday then must remind us of light, for God looks at me as clean, even though I am not! I have a feast waiting for me (a little now and much, much more later) and a place at the family table of God. (I love Him for this!) Sin should turn my heart to thankfulness (not the beating I want to give myself). So on this second Sunday of Lent we will thank God for the small feast we will enjoy today and the sweet treats of His grace – a feast of light.
And then right before bed when the darkness of night has filled in the windows, we’ll put the candles on the table again, lighting 6 now. The feast is over and another week of Lent is about to begin.
Reading for tonight:
Jesus was Light walking on earth and He loved everything the Light touched, showing, revealing, exposing everyone to what God is like. Some people loved what they saw, their minds alight with answers they had failed to hear anywhere else.
But some loved darkness instead of the Light because, though they had all the right answers, they forgot that they were capable of great evil. They hated the Light, for it exposed the truth about them to everyone.
(Jesus in response to Nicodemus) The light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. — John 3:19-20
One more candle is snuffed out.
Back to Lent this week
and the fasting that reminds us of the darkness we are capable of.