Cultivating Sacred Space: Week 4 “Seeing the Light”

Fourth Sunday in Lent: March 30, 2014

Weekly Lectionary Readings

This week as we continue on our Lenten journey of “Cultivating Sacred Space” we are invited to see the light in new and inspiring ways. We begin in the Old Testament reading with Samuel grieving over Saul; surely, the darkness that can accompany grief and loss is something many of us know all too well on our spiritual journey.

In the Psalm, we read the familiar words of Psalm 23…but maybe we pause to hear the words a bit more personally, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4). We begin to realize that we are not alone, and the flicker of the light of God’s presence begins to ignite.

As if in response, the Epistle reading urges us, “Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” (Ephesians 5:14). And finally, in the Gospel lesson it is Jesus…the Light of the World…who brings sight to the sightless, who comes to heal us so that we see the world anew, seeing for the first time what has been kept in darkness.

As we practice together this week…either virtually or at St. Thomas…may divine light shine on the path we travel together through this Lenten season.

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