A JUST PERSON IS A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS
The closer we remain to the One Light, the brighter our light will shine for one another!
This Sunday's Scripture readings begin with the Book of Isaiah. The verses are about a light within us that shall break through the darkness. In the Responsorial Psalm we acclaim, "The just man is a light in darkness to the upright" (Ps 112:4a). It is a heart that is firm and trusting in the Lord our God. As we continue on our faith journey a little more light should shine through each day.
One of the commentaries that I read for today was very helpful for me and so I would like to share it with you: THE CHANGE EACH DAY is so small you may not have noticed, but ever since right before Christmas the days have been lengthening. Each day now, we get a bit more daylight to enjoy. Many things in nature happen slowly. The same is true in the spiritual life. When Jesus tells us to let our light shine before the world, for most of us, the light grows over time. Regular prayer and reception of the Sacraments increase this light. The closer we remain to the One Light, the brighter our light will shine for one another!
From good deeds and other acts of "light", come true healing, peace and God's glory. Here are a couple of questions to ponder over this Sunday: Isaiah also speaks of light - the light that comes from the Corporal Works of Mercy. Who are the afflicted around you today? Good deeds are a shining light, the Gospel says. In what ways do your good deeds glorify God the Father? How can they be done for God through others?
I will end with this quote from St. John of the Cross, "The one who does a pure and whole work for God merits a whole Kingdom."