A message from Duncan:
“I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness
but will have the light of life.” John 8 : 12
At this time of year, once again, we find the seasons moving from winter into spring. And even with the inclement weather we experienced in the closing weeks of winter, the lengthening days reminded us that spring was near.
Other signs of new life are the spring bulbs bursting forth from their winter hibernation into splashes of bright colours even on dull, cloudy days. Soon trees produce a myriad of colourful blossoms and before we know it we see the vivid green of new leaf on trees and shrubs. And despite our urban setting, we are so blessed in Thornhill to be surrounded by so many examples of nature at its best!
Similarly, in the Church year the seasons move from Lent to Eastertide – from the sombre hue of purple to the brilliance of gold and white, from penitential mourning to the joyous celebration of life eternal. From darkness to light, from death to new life.
As John wrote in his gospel account – the Good News of Christ, Jesus says that He is the light of the world. So that all who follow him (whatever challenges beset us) will never again walk in complete darkness, but will be bathed in the light that Jesus brought into being when he rose from death on the first Easter morn – the light of life, true life in Jesus – in world and the next. Belief in this truth cannot fail to turn all our seasons into a permanent springtime – new life in all its fullness.
With love and every blessing,