|"Light of the World" via Wikimedia Commons|
In preparation for worship this Sunday, February 9th, take some time to simply reflect on the art provided above. What do you notice about the painting? What draws you in? What do you like best about it? How does gazing at it make you feel?
Now, turn to the Scripture readings for Sunday that include Isaiah 58:1-9a and Matthew 5:13-20. First, read through the passage from Isaiah. Herein, how are false religion and true religion described? In verse 9, what is stated as the consequence of true religion?
Finally, turn to the gospel reading which is part of the Sermon on the Mount. What are the topics of Jesus' address? How are salt and light portrayed? In Jesus' eyes, how righteous are the scribes and Pharisees, really? What does the word "righteousness" mean to you? In your own faith journey, how do you live your life as salt and light? Is there a way in which you feel God is calling you to be "saltier" or more of a "light-bearer?"
On your journey toward Sunday, allow time to simply be with God and quietly listen to what message God might have for you now, at this very moment of your life.
As always, I look forward to the next time we gather to worship our Lord and Savior.
Until then, may the following blessing (found in the Iona Abbey Worship Book) be yours:
May God, who knows your pathand the places where you rest,be with you in your waiting,be your good news for sharing,and lead you in the way that is everlasting. Amen.