Pray the Gospel: Be my Light

Be my Light
in the darkness
I’m walking through.

Be the Light
in my sorrow.

Be the Light
in my joy

Be our Light
in the darkness
we’re walking through.

Be the Light
in our sorrow.

Be the Light
in our joy.

We are all
on this journey together,
climbing higher unless we fall …

Only You can lead us safely
into the unifying radiance
of Your love.

Be my Lightin the darknessI'm walking through.

There is only one Heart
big enough
to hold each and every one of us.

There is only one Light
bright enough
to guide us all.

There is only one
unifying force of Love
in this world
we can trust,
one Christ
to raise us all.


There is only one Light bright enough to guide us all.


These poems were inspired by the following scripture:

Reading 1 Is 8:23-9:3

First the Lord degraded the land of Zebulun
and the land of Naphtali;
but in the end he has glorified the seaward road,
the land west of the Jordan,
the District of the Gentiles.

Anguish has taken wing, dispelled is darkness:
for there is no gloom where but now there was distress.
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom
a light has shone.
You have brought them abundant joy
and great rejoicing,
as they rejoice before you as at the harvest,
as people make merry when dividing spoils.
For the yoke that burdened them,
the pole on their shoulder,
and the rod of their taskmaster
you have smashed, as on the day of Midian.

Reading 2: 1 Cor 1:10-13,17

I urge you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that all of you agree in what you say,
and that there be no divisions among you,
but that you be united in the same mind and in the same purpose.
For it has been reported to me about you, my brothers and sisters,
by Chloe’s people, that there are rivalries among you.
I mean that each of you is saying,
“I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,”
or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.”
Is Christ divided?
Was Paul crucified for you?
Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel,
and not with the wisdom of human eloquence,
so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning.


Gospel Mt 4:12-23 or 4:12-17

When Jesus heard that John had been arrested,
he withdrew to Galilee.
He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum by the sea,
in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali,
that what had been said through Isaiah the prophet
might be fulfilled:
Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles,
the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light,
on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death
light has arisen.
From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say,
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers,
Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew,
casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.
He said to them,
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
At once they left their nets and followed him.
He walked along from there and saw two other brothers,
James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets.
He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father
and followed him.
He went around all of Galilee,
teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom,
and curing every disease and illness among the people.


Lectio Divina is a method of prayer in the Catholic tradition, which teaches us to prayerfully reflect on scripture. When you slow down to prayerfully meditate on these scripture passages, what message is God speaking into your heart? Is there a word or phrase that stands out in particular? Is the Holy Spirit placing a particular calling or call to action on your heart through this passage?

As we read this week’s scripture Lord, by the power of Your Spirit, illumine our hearts and minds. Inspire us. Fill us with new insights and calls to actions. Help us to grow ever-closer to You in prayer, so we may live by the Light of Your great love for us. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.


Poems inspired by Readings from NIV version of the bible, taken from:



Written by Nicky Gant for 1/23/2020






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