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‘What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light.’ –Matthew 10:27
For Children: Share this short video lesson by Mrs. Mary Jo Cole with your young children.
For Adults: Reflect on Sunday’s Gospel with Alice Camille:
Consider the thick darkness surrounding the generation of Jesus. It was an era of empire and oppression, political ambition and treachery, masters and slaves, haves and have-nots. It was a time of schemers and takers and polished deceivers who worked hard to keep the truth from surfacing. You could say it was a generation in which truth was as darkly obscured as it is right now.
In such an age of obscurity, Jesus taught in an irrelevant corner of civilization. He wasn’t born in Rome, wasn’t a citizen of the great empire, and belonged to a despised race. His religion was viewed with distaste and suspicion by the government. In the realm of power, Jesus was an outsider and a nobody. Yet he chose to proclaim the truth in the heart of history’s darkness, trusting that his followers would bring the message into the light in ages to come. We are the ones Jesus is counting on to speak truth into the light. In our words, decisions, and actions, we put this radiant light on a lamp stand for all to see.
List ten ways you can testify to the light of Christ this week. Make an effort to follow through!
LET US PRAY… Thank you, Holy Spirit, for the fruits you bear in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Help us to encourage others by the exercise of these fruits, so that this world might see your kingdom coming, moment by moment. Amen.
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