Monday 8 April 2019
Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62. Psalm 22(23). John 8:12-20
Though I walk in the valley of darkness I fear no evil, for you are with me – Psalm 22(23).
‘Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.’
Throughout the Scriptures, we see young people speaking words of wisdom beyond their years, as an example of God’s Spirit in the world. In today’s rather long first reading, we see the innocent Susanna spared from death through the wise words and deeds of the young Daniel. The people recognise the prophetic truth of Daniel’s advocacy for Susanna, which sets the scene for Daniel’s later actions. ‘The whole assembly raised a great shout and blessed God, who saves those who hope in him.’
‘I am the light of the world’, says Jesus. Throughout his ministry, Jesus has a habit of making short, bold statements about himself. To those who refuse to believe, his words sound like boastful utterances. To those who believe, however, his words give us hope. At those times in our lives when all seems dark, may we remember to turn to Jesus, the light of the world.