Together, the church is considering the “I Am” passages that John wrote about Jesus. This week is the famous, “I am the Light of the World.”
I recently read someone who said Jesus considered himself light but he also wanted to convince his followers that they are, too, thus the words, “you are the light of the world.”
The idea that we, along with Jesus, can be light in this world is a motivating and encouraging message.
And, since the “you” means plural “you” (or “all y’all”), we can relieve ourselves of trying to be (or thinking we are) the center of the universe — and that everything is up to us. Maybe we can steal a line from the Beatles and reinterpret it, “we all shine on.”
My hope for all of us is that we see the light in ourselves and in one another — even when days and times are so dark — so that we do not lose hope.