In the Jewish creation myth, which we call Genesis, there’s a rather odd part of the story. Before time, God says, “Let there be light” and there is. But the sun (which we understand to be light) is only created “days” later in the process.
What is the light before the light?
We live our lives by light. Actually, come to think of it, we’re only visible because of the light in which we find ourselves.
The parable, “No man lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in may see the light.” Seems terribly obvious. Why have a light and hide it?
Light is the source of discovery, awareness, of growth and in summer – pleasant warmth.
This radiance of light enables us to identify both ourselves and others. By it, we have impressions of each other. We see smiles, frowns, welcoming, rejection. All in the light.
At night in the pitch black, a light, even far away, brings a sense of presence.
Is the parable giver talking about himself as a light which has been revealed and should not be hidden? (Elsewhere he believes himself to be the light of the world). Then is he indicating that we all are who we are, only as we find ourselves in his light?
The Genesis light before time and, I suspect, the light after time, may well be this parable giver who (only with our permission) is present in the darkest moments of our lives so that even if all is bleak, he himself becomes the light – both guiding our steps and the one at the end of the tunnel.