The Word of God

Reflection – Lectionary: 449

“No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light.” With age, I hope I can see the world much more clearly. There are a good number of people I love and cherish dearly. While there are a good many others that have seemingly dropped out of my life, there is a definite pattern that has emerged that deepens my respect and admiration for all the people who have populated my life. I have loved them because they have shown me, Jesus. Their ways of handling death, disappointment, fun, friends, and family have all slowly formed a clear picture of the character, unmistakably the mark of one who truly loves God. Imagine how the crowd in today’s Gospel must have felt when they heard that they must live their lives in the light of truth before the world! What goes through your mind?

“Plot no evil against your neighbor, against one who lives at peace with you.” Today, no matter what you have to face or confront or carry, keep these thoughts of the Scriptures alive in your heart. Perhaps you could ask yourself, “who do people see in me?” If we can honestly say that others have seen or heard the Lord in something we said or did, then we can sleep calmly and without fear.

“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” St. Francis of Assisi

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