February 8

Matthew 5:13-16

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” vs. 16

In many baptismal rituals the first words that the baptized hears after the laying on of hands are these: “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see you good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” In those words from Jesus we see an affirmation of the indwelling Light, the very image of God, that is ours by birth. The Light of the Universe that exploded into existence in the creation resides in every single one of us, a part of the residue of the Big Bang! Jesus tells us to let that light shine through our good works so that others may see that Christ dwells in us. Sadly, for too many, that just doesn’t happen. For one reason or another, perhaps related to the absence of love, the light is obscured. People prefer to live in darkness, and their goodness is hidden. There’s not a lot of glory in that kind of living! What a blessing it is then when the Spirit of God wipes away the film of sin and the light is exposed for all to see! It can happen to anyone at any time. A person in whom all we’ve seen is darkness is enlightened, and what had been hidden is made visible. For some those moments are rare, but when they come it’s always a miracle of cleansing and rebirth. Glory be to God!

Thought for the Day: What obscures the Light in me?

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