In the gospel today, Jesus uses the image of light. It is a powerful image of how we are to live our faith. God gives us charisms which have the potential to bring light to the world. Jesus reminds us that we are expected to put our faith into practice and we do this by using our God-given gifts, talents and charisms. We are the igniters of our lights and they only begin to shine when we answer the call from the community and/or God. We grow and discover new gifts throughout our lifetimes.
If we imagine joining our light with the light of others, and the world is flooded with generous, grace-filled goodness, the power is almost incomprehensible. “No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather… places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light.”
If we are not igniting the fire of our light, then our charisms may fade and the light may start to flicker; even be extinguished. Jesus emphasizes this when he says: “To anyone who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what they seem to have will be taken away.”
Let us reflect today: Do I allow people to see and experience my light? Even when I’m tired, inconvenienced or self-conscious, am I willing to use my charisms and live as a person for and with others?
May the world be encircled by the radiance of our collective response.
By Susan Naatz