Reflections - January 22, 2017

“The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light.”  Mt. 4:16.
 
The Gospel of Matthew tells us that “a great light” appeared.  What is the light?  The Book of Genesis tells us:  “…..the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss….Then God said, “Let there be light” and there was light.”  Gen. 1:2-3.
 
I love this story of light and darkness, where “the light shines upon the darkness”.  On this small planet where we live all the conditions to live are fulfilled, but also in our history the dualism of light and darkness, good and evil, saints and sinners have been lived.
 
Isaiah announced it in the Old Testament and Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew gives it fulfillment:  “The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light…”.  We can call this light the Theophany, the manifestation of the Son of God becoming man.
 
Through His walking in this world Christ would tell us:  “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follow me will not walk in darkness……”.  Jn. 8:12.  How well the Psalmist says:  “The Lord is my light and my Salvation, whom shall I fear”.  If we believe in His Word and His healing power, we will live in His light and His plan of Salvation will be fulfilled in us from all eternity.
 
How can we live in His light?  We can live in His light by practicing love, justice and peace.  The closer we are to the light of Christ the more we will reflect the “image and likeness of the One that created us”.  The further away we live from the light of the world, Christ our Lord, we will then be more inhuman, more unhappy, in the sin of darkness, self-sufficiency, pride….that is the plan of the liar:  “You will be like gods…”.  Gen. 3:5.
 
Jesus Christ, “Light of the world”, manifests Himself also in the sacraments:  Through Baptism we are re-born to a new life.  It is the light of Christ that overcomes the darkness of original sin so that we can “as children of the light” enlighten those brothers and sisters that live, many of them, in the “periphery of the redeeming Light”.
 
Jesus Christ also is revealed to us as Light through the Sacrament of Confession, “when we pass from death to life, from darkness to light,” creating in us a new person “filled with light and hope”.  “Your sins are forgiven….Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”  Lk. 7:48-50.
 
I would like to conclude by asking the Lord that the Sacrament of the Eucharist make us be a Light for all humans.  Remember:  “A small light can start a bonfire…. this is the love of God received in Communion”.