Jesus talked a lot about light. He was aware that many people lived painfully in darkness. Jesus enthusiastically invited them to move into the light. Darkness could be a lonely, confusing, entrapping place— “… for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned,” (Matthew 4.16). Or darkness could be rigidity and fear—a place to hide out in bitterness— “… and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil,” (John 3:19). Following Jesus means living in the light. We live in the light yes, for ourselves, but also for others. Author Zack Hunt writes, “Jesus expected his followers to be incarnated lamps, to be God’s light in the dark corners of the world guiding people to the Truth.” That’s a tall order! So, we’ve got to make sure we keep our light bright. Taking time apart daily to pray and talk with God, “the One who we know loves us,” as St. Teresa of Avila puts it, is a self-loving as well as a giving act. Keep your light bright—there’s always somebody who needs to see it. You are the light, so shine!
In the Love and Light of the Christ,