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Friday, March 19

Contributed by Christopher Orr

John 8:12-20

“I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness,
but will have the light of life.”

To Jesus’ statement that he is, “the light of the world” and whoever follows
him will “never walk in darkness but will have the light of life,” the Pharisees’
objection is wrapped in terms of legality: one cannot appear as one’s own
witness. Jesus declares he “stands with the Father, who sent me” and
therefore has a second witness, thus making his testimony valid according to
the law. Again, he is met with a doubting, practical question, “Where is your
father?”
Like in a tense courtroom drama, Jesus’ assertions are put through rigorous,
even hostile, scrutiny via the logic of “human standards.” Jesus, putting
himself in great peril by his declarations, stands before the people, a man, in
the flesh, revealing enigmatically that those who “know him, would know his
Father, also.”
Jesus told us that he is the light of the world and in this we believe. How do
we answer those who question our faith in the manner of the Pharisees? In a
world where so many mysteries appear to be laid bare by science, how do we
help others transcend the boundaries of human standards in their own way of
viewing Jesus?
Trying to live as He did in the world, with all our thoughts and actions
proceeding from the love of God, brings Jesus into the world for others.

Lord, help us to live in the world through your love so we may help others to
walk, not in darkness, but in the light of life. Amen.

Christopher Orr is Facilities Manager at St. Andrew’s Hall. He volunteers as Treasurer, Parish
of St. James’, Vancouver. With their little dog, Pip, Christopher, and wife Barbara enjoy strolling
their green Kitsilano neighbourhood and meeting friendly folk along the way.