By: Maggie Leonard
Reflection—v. 11, don’t participate in the unfruitful actions of darkness… It’s embarrassing to even talk about what certain persons do in secret.
Here, darkness is unequivocally tied to secrecy—not just about what we hold in our hearts but our actions as well. It’s what we hide—that which compromises our morals. Frequently we try and hide our dark deeds. Deals made behind closed doors are usually done so at the expense of uninvited parties. Usually, those invited are perceived to have power or money—usually both. The encouragement of this passage is away from obscurity and toward transparency. It is about exposing what is not readily seen or understood. It names the shameful nature of covert actions. More information and openness of communication might not benefit our personal situation, but we should not avoid it. God is the light of the world, we are called to live in that light and to share that light—in Christ we live with openness and integrity.
Prayer Light of this world, we turn to you this day that you help us live with transparency. May we not take advantage of dark corners to further our self-interest, but to turn toward your light with integrity.