June 8, 2021
Each day, I reflect upon a word or phrase from the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house.” (Matthew 5:13-16)
LIGHT: When we read this scripture passage, we generally assume it to mean that we need to share our God-given gifts with the world. In other words, we are the source of the light. While it is true we are called to share our gifts, there is more to it.
I think the light Matthew refers to is the light of Christ shining through us. That means even if I wasn’t given the gift of a beautiful voice, I should sing anyway, and allow the light of Christ to shine through me. If I wasn’t given the gift of artistic ability, I should create anyway, and allow the light of Christ to shine through me. If I wasn’t given great academic gifts, I should work hard and study right alongside my more gifted classmates, and allow the light of Christ to shine through me.
The light of Christ is not intended to simply bounce off our God-given gifts and radiate out to the world. Rather, it is intended to shine through us and reflect both who we are and who Christ is to others.