In today’s gospel Jesus speaks to us about being the light of the world.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 8:16-18
A Lamp is put on a lamp-stand so that people may see the light when they come in.
Jesus said to his disciples; ‘No one lights a lamp to cover it with a bowl or to put it under a bed. No, he puts it on a lamp-stand so that people may see the light when they come in. For nothing is hidden but it will be made clear, nothing secret but it will be known and brought to light. So take care how you hear; for anyone who has will be given more; from anyone who has not, even what he thinks he has will be taken away.’
The Gospel of the Lord.
Today’s Gospel Reflection Monday, Twenty Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Luke 8:16-18
In the liturgy of baptism, just after their child has been baptized, the celebrant addresses the child’s parents in the following words: ‘This light is entrusted to you to be kept burning brightly. This child of yours has been enlightened by Christ. He/she is to walk always as a child of the light. May he/she keep the flame of faith alive in his/her heart’. We were all enlightened by Christ at the moment of our baptism. The light of his loving presence shone upon us at that moment and ignited the flame of faith in our hearts. Whereas in John’s gospel Jesus says, ‘I am the light of the world’. In Matthew’s gospel, addressing his disciples, Jesus says, ‘You are the light of the world’. Both are true. We are called to reflect Christ’s light to others, as the moon reflects the sun. In this morning’s gospel reading, Jesus says that a lamp is always put on a lamp stand so that people may see the light when they come in. By means of that image, Jesus is telling us that our calling us to allow his light to shine through us for others to see. A light is not meant to be hidden. If we have been enlightened by Christ, we are to let his light shine for others to see. In that sense, there is always a very public dimension to our relationship with Christ. That relationship may be very personal to each of us, but it is never private. We are the public face of Christ to others. We pray this morning that we would be faithful to that calling.
The Gospel reflection comes from WEEKDAY REFLECTIONS: To know the love of Christ 2016/2017 by Martin Hogan published by The Messenger c/f www.messenger.ie