By: Maggie Leonard
Reflection—v. 9, Light produces fruit that consists of every sort of goodness, justice, and truth
Light, in this passage a metaphor for knowledge and seeing clearly, is at the heart of all things good, just, and true. That is not to say that any of these things are necessarily easy or comfortable. In my experience, it’s quite the opposite—truth and justice require facing hard realities that are often different than my long-standing perceptions. These days, it seems that transparency and information are not always looked upon favorably—we live in echo chambers and reject evidence that doesn’t align with our personal experience. But we are reminded here in Ephesians that light—that which helps us to see—brings about fruits of God’s work. What is good is not always the information itself, it’s not talking about good news, but the goodness is found in the potential result when we pay attention and take seriously the knowledge that has been shared. Pursuing goodness, justice and truth requires work and emotional growing pains. But what an opportunity—to participate in that healing process, to stand with God, to spread goodness in the world.
Prayer All-knowing God, use your light to open my eyes, and give me a strong heart.