Reflections: Lent 2017
Reflections & Refractions
Click here to download a copy of Reflections: Lent 2017 (written by members of St. Mark's Parish)
The word ‘light’ is used seven times (including ‘enlighten’) in the first nine
sentences of John’s Gospel.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a
witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 1 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
The people of your parish who have contributed words and pictures to this book are picking up a piece and part of the mantle and ministry of John the Baptist: They are not the light; they are testifying to it. This is a book of reflections and refractions of that greater light, which is not ours, but comes to light through us as the body of Christ in the world today.
I am so grateful to all who are sharing their reflections and refractions on that light. I am especially grateful to Lynn Donahue, Jan Annunziato, and Megan Ferrell (our Director of Communications who laid out the booklet) who have worked quietly, caringly, and creatively to bring this Lenten Devotional to all of us.