24 August 2020
A Moment to Reflect -89
More light on more water…another sunrise in Florida …and another day begins.
It’s a simple post today to reflect on something we take for granted will always be there, even when we can’t see it—the Sun!
What would we do without its warmth and light? Like water it is essential for life. All life!
You often hear people say, “the sun shines on the righteous” implying that when something good has happened to a person, it is because they deserve it—that they are good and righteous, and this is their reward.
However, if you complete the words of Jesus, as recorded in Matthew’s Gospel, you realise that he seemed to be saying quite the opposite.
‘You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.” But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil AND the good and sends rain on the righteous AND the unrighteous.’ —Jesus (Matthew 5:43-45)
In other words, the sun shines on everyone, good or bad!
And the rain falls on all regardless.
I suspect Jesus was very well aware that most of us spend far too much time comparing ourselves to other people, and especially those whom we judge to be less worthy, less righteous, and less deserving than ourselves. We like to make distinctions especially any that show ourselves ‘in a better light.’
The novelist and social critic, Charles Dickens, was very concerned about growing inequalities in the society of his time. As the rich became richer and the poor became poorer, Dickens was deeply troubled by the effects of poverty and the stigma attached to it, as well as the hypocrisy of the powerful and well-established.
In one of his best-known stories, he takes what Jesus says, and weaves it into a description of the sun rising over London.
“The sun—the bright sun, that brings back, not light alone, but new life, and hope, and freshness to man—burst upon the crowded city in clear and radiant glory. Through costly-coloured glass and paper-mended window, through cathedral dome and rotten crevice, it shed its equal ray.” ― Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist
Regardless of any distinctions we may try to draw, the love of God shines “its equal ray” on all, and what’s more, its light sees through every one of us.
May the light of God’s love illuminate your day.