LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE

Created On: 3/10/2017 3:54:37 PMAuthor: Bro. Sahaya Edison SAC

Light plays an essential and valuable function in our lives. Most often we do not realize its worth because it has become part and parcel of our lives. Only when we experience its absence then we start thinking about its real value and usefulness. Light is always personified with that which is good. We usually compare light with knowledge, truth, justice, righteousness etc. and we identify the absence of it with ignorance, evil, injustice and crookedness.


In the Old Testament, ‘light’ is used to refer to God's presence, His revelation and His salvation. Our Lord Jesus Christ is that light because he reveals the saving presence of God by His arrival, life, death and resurrection. He said, ''I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life'' (Jn 8:12). Jesus not only said this by the word of his mouth but his entire life was one of a manifestation of this light of God through his deeds and teachings. He lighted up the life of many in his time by healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, giving ear to the deaf, by cleansing the lepers and by forgiving the repentant sinners. At the very sight of him, the evil spirits trembled and fled. Even today, he continues to light up our lives with his holy presence and incomprehensible activities in and through the sacraments, Word of God, through the Holy Church and through many holy men and women.


Jesus is like the sun and we as his followers must be like the moon. The moon has no light of its own. Moon absorbs the light from the sun and radiates light. We as Christians must absorb the light of Jesus in our lives and radiate that light to those around us. Jesus appeals to each one of us, His disciples, to be the bearers of light. It is possible only when we faithfully imitate our Lord, the Light of the world.


We are invited by our own baptism to walk as the children of light who are totally enlightened by Jesus. This is the message that Jesus gives us when He says, ''You are the light of the world. ... Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven'' (Mt 5: 14-16). This saying means three things:


• First of all, the light is visible and is seen by everyone. So too, our life must be seen by all.


• Secondly, light guides and leads. Once there is light we can see the path clearly and that's what we are to be. We must through our life lead other people along the right path.


• Thirdly, light also warns. When there is light we can see that there is a pitfall and if we go in that direction we will fall. So also our life is supposed to be a warning to others who live in sin to transform their lives.

 

We must be the torch bearers who dispel the darkness of evil in the lives of the people around us and make every effort to instill in them the same light, thus making the whole world bright with the magnificent light of Jesus. When we are transformed as the people of light, we'll automatically be moved to fight for justice, to stand against immorality, to raise our voice against corruption, to show our solidarity with the righteous and poor, and not allow ourselves to be the slaves of evil desires the world offers.


At the same time, we should not forget that there are false lights. Once a train plunged into a river from a bridge, and sadly some people died. The signalman and the train driver were taken to court. The signalman said that he did put up the red flag, warning the train of the danger in sufficient time to stop. However, the driver said that the signalman showed his flag but it was white and therefore he felt it was safe to cross. So the judge ordered that the flag be brought in for inspection. Then the flag was examined, and it was red but now faded. Thus from a distance it appeared white. Yes dear friends, sometimes our faded testimony by our unfaithful life can mislead others and cause great scandals and misfortunes. But still we can make a difference in the world only when we transform our life and allow ourselves to let the light of Christ shine in our lives.


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