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Today's Gospel: Luke 8:16-18
“No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel” - these eleven words are golden! The simple truth of this line is that we are the light and even when we don’t feel very shiny or glowing, we absolutely are in the eyes of the Father. We were given His light when we were created and we were tasked at our baptism with letting that light shine.
Often we think we can only shine our light if we can be really sparkly. There are times when we come across someone whose light seems like a blow torch and we are more like a little birthday candle, and it’s easy to shrink away and conceal ourselves and feel insignificant. This is exactly the behavior this passage is warning us against.
God has given each and every one of us a different way to love and serve. The light He’s asking us to shine is Him, not us. He wants us to showcase His love, mercy and might, not our own. There is no such thing as a light that’s too small or plain! This Gospel encourages us to trust Him to point us to the places that need His light, and He promises to send us with exactly the perfect wattage to show Him to those who need to see.
We can shine His light forth in the way we love and serve others; in our attempts to do the right thing and in our ability to trust and hope; and use it as a weapon against the darkness that creeps in to extinguish the power of His light. Which of these three ways can you ask the Lord to help you let His light shine more powerfully?
Lord of Light, give me the grace to grow in humility so that I may let Your light truly shine through and pierce the darkness. Amen.
Copyright 2021 Sheri Wohlfert
About the Author
Sheri is a Catholic wife, mom, speaker and teacher. She uses her great sense of humor and her deep faith to help others discover the joy of being a child of God. Her roots are in Kansas but her home is in Michigan. The mission of her ministry is to encourage others to look at the simple ways we can all find God doing amazing things smack dab in the middle of the laundry, ball games, farm chores and the hundred other things we manage to cram into a day. Sheri also writes at JoyfulWords.org.