Wednesday, April 27, 2022


Dear All of Us,

So, how about this?

It's a cloudy night.

No moonlight, no starlight at all.

There are seventy-five thousand of us.

We've filled the field and stands at

Yankee Stadium for a rally.

There's a power outage in New York.

Ink dark.

That's an image of our world 

and life just now.

It's a black out.

What can ordinary people 

     like us do about it? 

We feel powerless, stymied, stuck.

We can't stop the slaughter 

     in Ukraine.

We can't get Donald Trump 

     to stop lying about The Big Lie.

We can't deflate inflation.

We can't get insurrectionists 

     to be constitutionalists.

We can't get social media 

     truth tuned.

We can't root out racism.

We can't get Congress 

     focused and functional on

     The Common Good.

We can't reduce the risk of 

     nuclear devastation.

We can't discount pandemics.

We can't reverse

    wholesale earth abuse.

We're just little people 

     in a big bad world.

We can't do anything about it.

Oh yes we can!

Father James Keller used to say:

   "It's better to light one candle 

    than to curse the darkness." 

One candle can be seen 

in darkened Yankee Stadium.

When each of us little people 

lights a candle, deadly dark 

Yankee Stadium glows

       Candle Bright

So it can be with us

 and our world.

       A lot of little 

       means a lot.

Lots of "lit" little people

mean a lot of light 

in a dark world.

But how do we ignite?

How do we get the light?

  "I am the light of the world; 

   the one who follows me 

   will not walk in darkness, 

   but will have the light of life." 

          Matthew 5:16

We don't have to find the light.

We just need to follow the 

     "light of the world"

right where we are,

just as we are.

Sharing that in community

defies dark in 

a blaze of brilliance.

That's what real Church is.

To follow the leader is to live 

   "The Light of the World"


  "...have the light of life."

Jesus gives us a tutorial on

the how's, way's and why's 

of following him,

of living The Light.

It's simple and clear.

It's counter cultural.

That means it's difficult.

That means it's divine.

That means it's brilliant.

The tutorial is shared in

The Sermon on the Mount.

       Matthrew 5-7

Jesus "enlightens" us, 

his followers, his disciples.

Jesus spotlights:

- attitudes, stances, approaches

  on how to "be" real -

    The "Be"attitudes

- Us as "salt" and "light" 

       for others

- Anger

- Adultery

- Divorce

- Oaths

- Retaliation

- Love of enemies

- Giving to the needy

- Prayer

- Fasting

- Heart treasure

- Seeing clear eyed in the light

- Can't serve two masters -  we get 

        what follows from 

        who/what we follow

- Worry

- Judging others

- Profaning the holy

- Ask, Search, Knock

- "The Golden Rule"

- The narrow gate

- "Thus you will know them 

   by their fruits"

- Self deception

- Hearers and Doers

Talk about 

"spirituality for the street"!!

Jesus puts a lot of flesh 

on the bones of concept!

All of it is living The Light, 

personal, practical, communal.

In short, loving God, neighbor, self 

with all we've got -

high voltage!!

A couple of suggestions and 

a few comments.

This one has a sharp point - 

hopefully helpful like a good pencil.

Beware of large parts 

of organized religion.

Having "Been there, done that" 

for well over fifty years of pastoring, 

I sadly see that too many sectors of 

church are sanctuaries to Empire. 

The ideal was to convert Empire 

to the beautiful life of Christianity, 

but a lot of Christianity 

got converted to the controls 

and evils of Empire.

Be clear and honest about 

what's what ,

just how genuinely tuned 

to the Gospels a church is.

And there are many of them.

Many of the many 

are simple and small.

Most of all and always,

    "By their fruits 

     you will know them."


Watch out for a watered down Gospel, 

one that is conformed (deformed) to 

comfy, casual, "Christianity Lite"

        (not "The" Light).

Dietrick Bonhoeffer warned against 

         "cheap grace." 

He penned the price 

of genuine discipleship in

      "The Cost of Discipleship."

He paid the price with his life.

For those ready for a 

    Spring Retreat, 

a weeks long dwelling with 

The Sermon on the Mount 


would be a blessing.

What is Jesus saying, 

how do we live that light 

in our circumstances?

If there is interest and energy, 

a parallel reading 

of a standard translation and

The Message  translation 

would give a fuller sense of 

all that Jesus shares and invites.

The Message translation is 

online and free.

Twice Plus blessed if we do this

with one or more others.


(thank you for hanging tight), 

a masterful commentary is 

Richard Rohr's book, 

   Jesus' Plan For A New World Order, 

       The Sermon on the Mount,

franciscan media, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1996. 

We'd have to go far to find better.

        Speaking of going, let's!

        How good for us together 

        to glow bright.

         "You're sons of Light,

          daughters of Day."

          1 Thessalonians 5:5 

               John Frank


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So, how to?

There is also Jesus is the Light of the World.

He wants to spark us, brighten us, enflame us.

He is pure bright - brilliance.

He is actually, in practice, "the way, the truth and the life" -

    the way to go about life

    the truth in which to do that

    the life to live.

 the Love that doesn't know how to go out.

 put poetically  1 Thess

In our day to day world and life

we can get depressed and curse the dark


We can also be a

                     Candle Bright