Let Your Light Shine More Boldly
v24. Jesus said 'Whoever has ears let him listen. Whoever is filled with light should let it shine
v24: Shining Our Light More Boldly
Orthodoxy tells us there is something implicitly wrong with us and that Jesus came to save us from this wrongness. Thomas tells us we are, and always have been the Unity itself, that we are the very Divinity we have been looking for. They are fundamentally different positions. Thomas tells us there is an innate light, a divine spark if you prefer, that infuses every part of creation. It suggests that when we recognise this within ourselves, when we transform our knowing, then we become signal fires for a better world. There is a quiet encouragement here to shine our light more boldly.
If Jesus were here today then perhaps he would advocate disobedience of societal norms. His world subverting wisdom would focus on the protection of the biosphere and all of its diversity. He would remind us that our responsibilities extend to everyone and everything and that we should live bound to the One in every moment of every waking hour. He would tell us that if there is hope for the future, then it rests solely and completely in remembering who and what we are and that it is incumbent upon us to shine our light more boldly.
'The Living One' is all things created and originated, as it has always been. The space around us is an extension of who and what we are. We extend into it and it extends back, contiguous and formless. This is living in the light. In v24 Jesus affirms that if enough of us live in the light then the whole world lights up.