St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh
Midweek Devotion 27th January 2022
Led by Rev Douglas A O Nicol
The Psalmist wrote: ‘The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; for he has founded it on the seas and established it on the rivers.’ (Psalm 24: 1-2)
Let us worship God.
The Gospel according to St. Mark, chapter 4, verses 21-25:
Jesus said to them, ‘Is a lamp brought to be put under the bushel basket, or under the bed, and not on the lampstand? For there is nothing hidden, except to be disclosed; nor is anything secret, except to come to light. Let anyone with ears to hear listen! And he said to them, ‘Pay attention to what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given to you. For to those who have, more will be given; and from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.’
In our lectionary passage today we read some sayings of Jesus set between the Parable of the Sower and the explanation of the parable that Jesus offered to His disciples. In the sayings He is reminding His followers that His secrets are given to them in trust for the world.
In Jesus’ day candles used by the poor and oil lamps used by the rich were placed on lampstands – plain or highly decorated depending on the place of the family in society. But without fail these sources of light would be placed high up so that the light would not be hidden but be of use.
Jesus is guiding His disciples to know that since they have been given an understanding of His teaching that they have a responsibility to share it with others. Furthermore He says that a person’s advance in the knowledge of the Kingdom is in proportion to their loyalty to the knowledge already entrusted to them.
Even in our 21st Century Jesus Christ still offers to be our light, and the many aspects of life on which He shines light are detailed in the words of hymnwriter Bernadette Farrell:
‘Longing for light, we wait in darkness.
Longing for truth, we turn to you.
Make us your own, your holy people,
Light for the world to see.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in our hearts.
Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in your Church gathered today.’
May the light of Christ illuminate our thinking and our action today and for ever!
Prayer – continuing in part using the words of Bernadette Farrell:
Let us pray:
‘Longing for peace, our world is troubled.
Longing for hope, many despair.
Your word alone has power to save us.
make us your living word.
Longing for food, many are hungry,
Longing for water, many still thirst.
Make us your bread, broken for others,
shared until all are fed.
Longing for shelter, many are homeless.
Longing for warmth, many are cold.
Make us your building, sheltering others,
walls made of living stone.
Many the gifts, many the people,
Many the hearts that yearn to belong.
Let us be servants to one another,
making your kingdom come.’
We pray today for people for whom we have a special concern,
whose names and places are in our hearts and minds,
may they know your peace and love,
and spend their years in fulfilment and hope,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, which art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
in earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever,
Benediction: (Numbers 6: 24-26)
May the Lord bless you and guard you;
may the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
may the Lord look kindly on you
and give you peace.
Dieterich Buxtehude Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist BuxWV 208