In seminary I took a class on the gospel of John that said John was all about light and life. The fact that the tale of Jesus overturning the tables of the money changers was in the front of the story and replaced with the raising of Lazarus meant that the author wanted you, the reader, to know that Jesus was killed because he brought life and light into the world. I suspect there are other ways to understand John but I have always liked this one. We are called to be children of the light and to live as God’s people in the world. We are invited to worship the Lord in the beauty of Holiness and I suspect part of that beauty is because of the light.
I mention this because we are now moving toward Holy Week and Easter and I want to encourage us all to slow down and to spend time with God in Christ in the communities in which we worship. Leave your watch (and cell phone) at home this Sunday or at least leave them in the car! And simply dwell with the Lord and the people around you. Listen deeply to the words of the scriptures and to the sermon. Hear the call of God in the music and the other sounds around you. Enjoy worshiping to Lord and prepare with joy for Holy Week and Easter to come.