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Today's Gospel: Memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas - Mark 4:21-25
"For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible; nothing is secret except to come to light" (Mark 4:22).
I love light. I especially love seeing light in the middle of darkness. Like the final glow from sunsets in the darkening sky. Like rainbows in the middle of a rainstorm. Like candlelight. Most evenings I light several candles around my living room. I like looking at the lights flickering in the dark. My eyes are drawn to them.
My heart is drawn to Jesus. Jesus is our light. Jesus lights up our hearts. Jesus lights up our darkness.
As a child, I lived in a dark world. I lived in a world where lies were truth and abuse was called love and dark was called light. Looking back, I can see that there were people in my life who testified to the true light. I saw it in my grandmother. I heard about it from friends. I learned about it from my husband.
The light drew me. Eventually it drew me to Jesus. And soon I realized that it was my turn to be light for others.
Jesus tells us that we cannot hide our light. We cannot put it under a bushel basket. We cannot hide the gifts we are given. We are children of God. We must let our light shine, the light God gave each of us. We must let it shine so others will see our Father. We can bring that light of Jesus to others. We can be that light of Jesus for others. We can encourage, we can comfort, we can forgive, we can love. We can share our faith.
We can be those little lights in the middle of the darkness, but we cannot do it alone. We need the Light of the world. We need Jesus. And what does Jesus want from us? Our hearts.
In what ways have you experienced the light of Christ?
Dear Lord, thank You for lighting up my darkness. Help me to bring Your light to others. Amen.
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