Weekly Reflection "You are the light of the world"

19 November 2021

Canon Peter

I’m no scientist, and what I am about to write feels like standing on shaky ground! But, did you know that it is estimated that the sun emits 35,730,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 lumens (35.73 octillion lumens). In other words, it’s pretty bright (one 40 watt bulb only emits approx 400 lumens)!

When Jesus says “You are the light of the world” I’m not sure he had the exact science in mind. But, I guess he was saying – you’re pretty bright!

I don’t know about you, but, when I get up in the morning I don’t often think to myself “Peter, you’re the light of the world!” It takes me a few moments to think anything at all, let alone be overcome with such positivity. But, the more I think about Jesus’ statement, I feel inspired and encouraged. Inspired to think of myself as having a little more potential than my natural esteem might allow. And encouraged to remember that God thinks I have great potential to influence and impact others.

How do you see yourself?

This weekend Wakefield Cathedral is going to be showered in light. We have a beautiful sound and light installation by the Novak Art company and funded by Wakefield MDC. It really is stunning and I hope you might get to the cathedral to see it after dark on Friday, Saturday or Sunday (until 21:00 each evening). Inside the cathedral we will have the opportunity to make lanterns or to light a candle in prayer.

We are also using the occasion to shine a light onto an issue of injustice - violence against women and girls. “No more 1 in 3” is the campaign and the Mothers' Union, Wakefield Soroptimists and Wakefield Well Women’s Centre will be sharing a powerful display of information to help us become more informed and aware of the darkness that many women go through – here in the UK and overseas. There’s a sobering exhibit called “Souls of our Shoes” highlighting how violence against women is an issue relevant to people from all different backgrounds.

As we stop and enjoy the special lights showering on our iconic building this weekend, let’s pause and reflect on our own lives hearing Jesus say to us “you are the light of the world” asking ourselves, how can we shine and have impact in our city?

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