Tuesday 5 September 2017

About Today Readings

Thessalonians 5:1-6, 9-11. Psalm 26(27):1, 4, 13-14. Luke 4:31-37.

I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living — Psalm 26(27):1, 4, 13-14.

‘You are all children of light.’

Whenever I read this letter of Paul, the melody and words of Christopher Walker’s hymn, ‘Out of Darkness’, come flooding into my mind, and I find myself humming it all day. It gives me strength and purpose. ‘Out of darkness God has called us, claimed by Christ as God’s own people. Holy nation, royal priesthood, walking in God’s marvellous light.’ Each verse is as simple and as stirring.

I first heard the hymn during an Easter Vigil when the newly baptised adults came striding down the aisle, still dripping from the waters of baptism, beaming with joy, dressed in white cloaks and being presented with their baptismal candles, lit from the new paschal candle.

What a powerful reminder of our own baptism and God calling us to be children of light.

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