Walking in the Light
Read John 3:14-21
"For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God." -- John 3:20-21
Reflection: In today's gospel reading, the author describes the coming of Jesus as light coming into the world. But, the author notes, not all welcomed that light. For some, the coming of the light was not good news at all. “For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed.”
Much injustice is done in secret, hidden away in the dark. Sweatshop owners depend upon their ability to keep the exploitation of workers out of the public eye. Corporations count on the same when stealing labor from their employees by forcing them to work off the clock. Much evil is done under cover of secrecy.
Change can only come when unjust practices are brought out into the light and revealed for what they are. Only then can employers be held accountable. Only then can workers be protected from exploitation. It is only with the coming of the light that justice can be done.
As people of faith, we are called to be light-bringers. We are called to shine the light in otherwise dark places, and so reveal the truth of what goes on in secret. We are called to expose injustice and to insist that employers behave in ways which don’t require closed doors and dark corners. We are called to demand that workers be treated fairly, and that they receive a just and living wage. (*Originally published by Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice of South Central Wisconsin)
By The Rev. Ron Adams, Madison Mennonite Church
Prayer: Creator God, we pray for strength and guidance; that we may choose to walk in the light of love and justice. We pray for conviction and courage to always choose to light a candle than curse the darkness.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." — The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As John writes: “Those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.” As light-bringers, we not only serve those exploited in dark places. We also call unjust employers to “do what is true” and so offer a word of hope even to those whose works are done in darkness. We offer them an invitation to come out into the light.