Lighting the World with Christ

Monday, September 24, 2012 by Food for Thought

FirstReading: Prv 3:27-34
Psalm: Ps 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5
Gospel: Lk 8:16-18

If we have received a lot of graces from the Lord, it is not meant to just keep them for ourselves. It is meant to be multiplied and to touch other people. That is why in Lumen Gentium, the Church is
considered light of the nations. The Christians are called to illuminate, to enlighten others, not in the sense of lording over them, but in allowing themselves, like a light bulb slowly dying as its energy is being used up, to lighten the lives of other people.

It is also like salt, where salt needs to dissolve to give taste to the whole world. The light and the taste here is love. Where a man possesses the spirit of Christ, he will receive much more, much more faith, much more wisdom and much more love.

By virtue of our baptism, we are tasked to announce the Light of the World – Jesus Christ , who came into the world to save mankind out of love. This is the good news that must be put on a lampstand so all people may know of the goodness of God all around the world.