Pew Reflection for Sunday 22 January 2017, Epiphany 3A
The readings this third week in Epiphany show us how and why we can be confident in our faith of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
The ancient teachings of Isaiah, and the poetry of the Psalmist both talk of a great light that when we walk in it, this special light gives us security and safety.
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear?
This season of Epiphany is a time of recognising new ways to understand and see God’s amazing work amongst the sometimes terrifyingly dark deeds of this world. A time to know that Jesus Christ is indeed that light, and that the love of God’s son will be a light to guide us safely.
In a couple of weeks (31 Jan), there will be a planning day for the parish council and wardens, when we shall also begin discussing the issues raised at the recent Annual Meeting. With those various discussion points in mind, the extract from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians couldn’t be more timely.
Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you should be in agreement and that there should be no divisions among you, but that you should be united in the same mind and the same purpose.
1 Corinthians 1.10
If you have thoughts or comments to add to the discussions arising from the Annual Meeting, then I strongly recommend that you follow the process of governance in the Anglican church, and talk to one of the parish council members, who can then bring your comments to the table.
And why do we walk in the light of God? So that we can follow the example of Jesus and his disciples: to confidently proclaim the good news of the kingdom.
God bless you and all those you pray for.