The Gospel for this Sunday is the prologue to John’s Gospel. The light [aka word & life & God] shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not overcome it (John 1:1-14). In Scripture darkness was considered “the second to last plague” (Exodus 10:21), and the location of “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matt 8:12). Shakespeare made a character called the “prince of darkness” (King Lear) and gave darkness jaws with which to devour love. (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). If we understand something we have seen the light; otherwise we are clouded in darkness. Darkness has a beauty of its own. By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me (Psalm 42:8). In general, I like darkness, the quiet and coolness of the night much better than the light, the noise and heat of day. I like God at night: talking past midnight, running through the parks in the early hours of a dark winter’s morning and writing at my desk before it is light. Elliott wrote, “I said to my soul, be still, and let the dark come upon you which shall be the darkness of God, as, in a theatre, the lights are extinguished.”
– Rev Dr Bob Mayo
Rev Mayo is an Anglican priest presiding over the St Stephen and St Thomas parish in Shepherd’s Bush, London. Rev Mayo also serves as chaplain for Queen’s Park Rangers FC and is affiliated with Sports Chaplaincy – UK. Parish the Thought is a weekly reflection on the Gospel for the coming Sunday, are original to the author, republished with permission, and do not necessarily reflect or represent CrossTraining Ministries.