First Reading: 3:27-34
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 15
Gospel: Luke 8:16-18
Most of us are familiar with the children's song "This little light of mine." In case you have never heard it or forget the words, here are some of the words to help jog your memory: "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine... Hide it under a bush. No! I'm gonna let it shine...Don't let Satan blow it out, I'm gonna let it shine...Let it shine till Jesus comes, I'm gonna let it shine." Obviously there aren't all of the lyrics, but it does give us a good feel for the song. I believe that this is a great song to teach our children (as well as adults). While it is a simple song, it really speaks to our roles as Christians. One of our roles is to "let our light shine." Who is the source of this light? Jesus of course! He is the source of all love and all that is good. He is the light, the truth and the way. If we have Christ in us, then His light is in us. If we cooperate with His grace and allow Him to work in our lives, then not only will we be faithful servants, but His light will shine through us as an example for all to see and follow.
But most of the time this is easier said than done. Many times, we do not cooperate with the grace we are given, thereby not allowing our light to shine. How many times do we turn our head to those in need? How many times do we not stand up for people or things? How many times do we hold back for fear of others might do or say to us? Many times we are afraid to do the works that we should and to allow Christ's light to shine through us. It is so difficult when we are out in the world and are constantly challenged to truly let our light shine, because we know that the world and the evil one are just waiting to blow it out.
Jesus knew this would be a problem for us. That is why when He speaks to us today in the gospel He tells us; “No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lamp stand so that those who enter may see the light." We must remember this example always. As Jesus said, when a lamp is lit, it doesn't make any since to hide it, you put it out for all to see. As faithful Christians, we have a responsibility to let the light of our Lord and Savior shine through us. In the first reading from proverbs today we are given great wisdom in how to let our light shine. We are told to not delay or hold back the goodness that we can do each time we have the opportunity. If we see someone who needs help, let us help them then and not say that we will definitely help the next people we see. If we see trash laying around or a mess that needs cleaned up, then we should clean it up and not just wait for the next opportunity.
Opportunities to let the light of Christ shine through pass us by constantly. Are you being aware of these moments, or are you like most people so wrapped up in what is going on in your world that you are missing these opportunities? I know that for me it is a constant struggle to keep my eyes and ears open, but I know that when I do I can help make a difference, and let the light of Jesus shine through.
This little light of ours. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!
Father above, we thank you for the gift of this day. We praise you for being the light in our lives that lead us to holiness. Lord we pray for the strength and courage to live our lives for you. Let us be the examples that you created us to be Lord, for your glory, not ours. Lord we pray for all those who are hiding from you, we pray for them to have the courage to come to you and into your love and mercy. We ask this all through Christ our Lord. Amen.