The Holy Lent

Day 30 - Fifth Tuesday of the The Holy Lent

by Prince Mathew

Preface for Meditation:

When the Israelites wandered in the desert for forty years, confused and disoriented, and wishing they were back in their familiar huts at Egypt, God made his presence known to them through a pillar of fire at night and a cloud by day. This light not only brought them assurance of safety and care, but it literally guided them through a trackless wasteland. Around the time of the Feast of Tabernacles, also known as the Festival of Lights, Jesus proclaims that he is the "light of the world". For eight nights the great candelabras which stood in the Temple courtyard lit the Jerusalem skyline with a blaze of dazzling light. Jesus' statement very likely came at the end of the Festival when the great lights where extinguished. In so many words, Jesus says he is the one, true light which no one can extinguish or diminish (John 1:4-5). He is light not only for God's chosen people Israel, but for all people and nations as well.

The word light was especially associated with God. The Lord is my light (Psalm 27:1). The Lord will be your everlasting light (Isaiah 60:19). When I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me (Micah 7:8). His light both exposes the darkness of sin in us, which is hidden from others, and heals our sinful infirmities as well. Jesus' light also produces abundant life and fruit in us. Just as natural life depends on light (without it nothing could live or grow), so the light of heaven produces spiritual life in those who receive it. The light which Jesus gives enables us to walk freely and confidently without stumbling in the darkness of sin and disbelief. His light warms our heart to the truth of God's love and it opens our vision to the reality of God's kingdom.

Bible Reading Passages:
Fifth Tuesday of The Holy Lent

* St. Mark 3:1-12

* Exodus 14: 21-31
* Isaiah 40: 12-24
* Acts 18: 18 -28
* Romans 1:26-32
* St. Mark 5: 1 -20

Bible Verse of the day:

Whenever the evil spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, "You are the Son of God." - St. Mark 3:11

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