The Word of God

Leave The Light On

Reflection on Mass Reading for May 15, 2019

“I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness.” This clear and awesome self-description from Jesus in the Gospel today speaks more than just volumes for us to ponder. It calls out throughout the centuries for a deep and true response to the reality of whom we follow and whom we love. How is He the light? We immediately realize that this question would automatically posture and position our conversation that could easily drift into philosophy or history or even politics. Let us recall the words of Christ who makes it crystal clear: “I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows me will have the light of life.”

Think of all the conversations you had yesterday and then think of all the ones you are about to have. How many of them will be about important, eternal matters? Some people feel very uncomfortable and awkward talking about their faith and their relationship with Jesus Christ. However, everything that is true will speak for itself and we are just its servants. Think about what St. Augustine so eloquently wrote and go into your world armed with what you know is good, sound and holy: “The truth is like a lion; you don’t have defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.”

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