Week 3: Thursday

Read: Luke 11v33– 36 

“No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.”

Meditate: We think of a lamp as something that shines outwards to light a dark room. But Jesus seems to be using the picture the other way around. The inner depths of the personality (the word ‘body’ hear really means ‘the whole person’) are in darkness, and need to be illuminated. 

Jesus is saying, the thing that will illuminate your heart and your life is the thing on which you fasten your gaze.

Lent is a season of looking. Looking at the beauty of God’s world on the one hand, and on its need for justice on the other. A time to explore the brokenness in our hearts and within our world. It ultimately leads us to the foot of the cross. For two thousand years Christians have found gazing at the cross of Jesus to be one of the most beautiful sights they can imagine and one of the most impassioned pleas for justice.

Engage: Write down, every hour or at least three times today, the main things you have looked at or allowed your eyes to focus on during the day.

Pray: What have you gazed on in the last couple of days? What would you like to gaze on today?