What does it mean to “dwell in darkness”? While we can probably all identify “dark” situations around the world, if we are honest with ourselves, most of us might recognise that each of us have dark areas in our lives. They might be external circumstances where we are held in some form of captivity by someone, possibly close to us, or oppressive situations in which we find ourselves, or internal struggles. Some are weighed down with guilt, some with pain, or deep anger, or just plain loneliness. Jesus’ invitation to the first disciples on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, to come and dwell in the Kingdom of Light, echoes in a direct line down through the centuries to us, here and now, wherever we may find ourselves.
The Bewcastle Benefice sermon of the Third Sunday of Epiphany can be found here