John 1:1-13 and Matthew 5:14
The Scripture John 1:1-13 explains that God's Word gives us an understanding of who God is and His plan for all of our lives. This reading refers to Jesus being the Light. I think of light as being a directional arrow to a given destination. The life of Jesus showed the way to the Father. We can freely choose to believe that God has a plan for us or we can take our own path -sometimes wandering in the darkness away from God. Jesus' mission was to bring us out of that darkness back to God. This is our destination.
God created us to share Himself and His creation. We lost that intimacy because of rebellion and our sin. By believing in Jesus we can restore the communication with God the Father. He is the Father and we are his children. To refer to God as Father means we are willing to listen to His Spirit and to His Word.
In Matthew 5:14 Jesus tells us that we are the light of the world. Can we be that directional arrow for our world? By our own lives we show the world God's love and mercy. This was the challenge during the time of Jesus and is our own challenge as children of God...children of the Light.
Mary Anne Flanagan