Reflections - February 5, 2017

“You are the light of the world.”  Jn. 5:14.
 
In today’s Gospel we hear about being light and salt of the earth.  I would like to dwell on the metaphor of light, which was also well known in Judaism.
 
In the First Reading the Prophet Isaiah tells us that the people of Israel will be a light in the darkness:  “If you bestow your bread on the hungry and satisfy the afflicted; Then light shall rise for you in the darkness”.  Is. 58:10.
 
In the same invitation that our Savior gives us to be Light, because we are joined by Baptism to Christ, “the Light of the World”, we will be a glorious city, “the new Jerusalem”, called to shine.  These are all the baptized, the children of God.  I also think that it means to “join Christ in joy and in the love of thy neighbor”.
 
Christ, the Light of the World, is present in the darkness of all those living without hope.  He wants to be present in the laughter of the young and the cries of pain.  He wants to be a Light for a young woman who wants to decide her vocation.  He is present in the light of midday and in the darkness of a cold winter.  Nothing to the Lord is foreign from His light.  The call of Jesus in the Gospel is:  “to not place your light and mine under a bed” and become mere spectators.
 
Today all the baptized are called to be a light.  It would be very sad that at the end of our lives the Lord asked us:  “What happened to your light?  What happened to your light in the face of the hatred and violence in which we live.  There were many brothers and sisters who were waiting for your light and you were not capable of illuminating their darkness…”.
 
“You are the light of the world”, is an invitation, as Pope Francis says:  “to come out of our comfort zone” and wear ourselves out working for justice and lighting so many young families who are looking for Christ’s light sometimes in the only gospel that they are going to read which is the example of our lives – that is the light the world is waiting for.  Let us ask the Lord in this Sunday’s Eucharist to be a light giving compassion, joy, and peace to those that need it.