St. Luke 11: 29 – 36

July 23, 2022

29 And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet.

30 For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.

31 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

32 The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

33 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.

34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.

35 Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.

36 If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.

One of the greatest minds of our times, Stephen Hawking made this statement: “As for life after death, Hawking told the Guardian he believes the brain is like a computer that will simply shut off. “There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark,” he told the Guardian.”

When I read that quote, I wondered how in the world a person with the intellect of Hawking could have seriously missed the message of Christianity. How could he have possibly missed the fact that for Christians, there is no darkness – only the Light of Jesus. It still staggers my imagination that he couldn’t see it. From the time of our baptism, we carry the light with us and in us and, please God, we work to get closer and closer to the Light throughout our lifetimes.

But in fairness to Hawking, he saw ‘through a glass darkly’ (1Cor 13:12) but now, one hopes, sees face to face what we all strive to see.

*For more information regarding Stephen Hawking, here is his Wikipedia page. He had quite a life.


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