Longing for light, we wait in darkness,
longing for truth, we turn to you.
Make us your own, your holy people,
Light for the world to see.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in our hearts. Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in your church gathered today.
Scripture 1 Thess 5:1-11
(The first New Testament book to be written, about 50AD)
5 Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 When they say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labour pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! 4 But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; 5 for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness.
6 So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; 7 for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.
9 For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him.
11 Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.
31 He went down to Capernaum, a city in Galilee, and was teaching them on the sabbath. 32 They were astounded at his teaching, because he spoke with authority.
33 In the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 “Let us alone! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” 35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” When the demon had thrown him down before them, he came out of him without having done him any harm.
36 They were all amazed and kept saying to one another, “What kind of utterance is this? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and out they come!” 37 And a report about him began to reach every place in the region.
When we have created time for sanctuary in life, then the interior landscape of our life will be more clearly revealed to us, both its bright side and its dark side. To stay with what we see there requires courage to face, not only the light, but also the darkness of the human heart. Such contemplation involves real pain and, to find contemplative happiness, we must be willing to wrestle with demons. The good news is that we have sure guides to help us through this painful but rewarding process.
From “Finding Happiness” by Christopher Jamison OSB
Christ is the morning star who, when the darkness of this world is past, brings to his saints the promise of the light of life and opens everlasting day.
(The Venerable Bede)
For those who watch and wait and weep today.
May the God of peace make you perfect and holy; and may you all be kept safe and blameless, spirit, soul and body, for the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ. God has called you, and he will not fail you. (1 Thess 5:23-24)
And may the glory of the Lord shine upon you and scatter the darkness from before your path, that you may ever walk in his light. Amen. (David Adam)
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