Candlemas thought for the day

One of the churches in Bro Ardudwy have decided that we priests preach too long, and it makes their service too long. So we have agreed to cut them down a little. So here is part of the ‘Thought for the Day’ I gave them last Sunday.

I’ve always seen Candlemas (as well as the presentation, and the old tradition of blessing the candles) as one of those hinge points in our calendar, we are in a time were we are looking from the crib, to the cross. Lent and Easter will soon be upon us!

We are at the end of our Christmas season today and we hear in that great reading about Simeon, ‘a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for the glory to your people Israel’

Jesus, the light of the world.

Today is about light. About Jesus being the light in the world and our calling to be people of light…

We are the body of Christ in this world, we are called to shine light into darkness. We are called to make sure the world know that the light still shines.

Sometimes it may feel as if the hope of Israel – and our own hopes too – have been lost, extinguished by the harshness of the world we see around us, and the cruelty we see in the news each day…but the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has never put it out.

We are called to shine light into darkness. We are called to make sure the world know that the light still shines, but how can we do this, how do we shine?

Well…. I believe that whenever we choose hope and whenever we proclaim salvation we live as children of light. Whenever we live by the fruits of the spirit, love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control, we are lights. Whenever we opt for what is good and true, and when we show by our lives that we take seriously our commission and the commands of God, we, each one of us, acts as a candle.

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Minor Canon Youth Chaplain at St Albans Cathedral. Dog owner, historian, technology geek, pilgrim.

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