He said to them, "Is a lamp
brought in to be placed under a bushel basket
or under a bed, and not to be placed on
a lampstand? For there is nothing hidden except to
be made visible; nothing is secret except to come
to light. Anyone who has ears to hear ought to
hear." He also told them, "Take care what you
hear. The measure with which you measure will be
measured out to you, and still more will be given
to you. To the one who has, more will
be given; from the one who has not, even
what he has will be taken away."
Lord, thank you for reminding me today of
my dignity as a Christian. By your grace in baptism
and by your teaching in the gospels and in
the Church, you have put light in my soul. Lord,
you are my light.
Petition: Christ, help
me to be a sincere witness of your light.
Transparency in Our Lives: God sees us. This is
a simple truth—an extremely powerful truth. God looks at us
with love. We cannot hide from God. We cannot
hide from ourselves. We cannot even hide from others.
We need to live in the presence of God. God
lets light shine on our lives so that we
can see the truth about ourselves, and so that we
need not be ashamed that others see the truth
about who we are. True happiness is preserved and
increased by the tenacious living of sincerity.
2. Light for
the World: Our life is not just for ourselves.
We are called to be a gift for others, a
gift that leads them to God. This is the
greatest thing about our life: We are called to
give life. We are called to participate in the fruitfulness
of God. We give life by enlightening others. We
help other people come to the light by trying
sincerely to go clearly towards the light and by not
fearing to show people the truth. The light shed
by our lives produces a real effect in souls.
Vatican II reminds us that modern man needs reasons for
hope. A Christian carries hope. Will I keep it
hidden; perhaps even kill it by being afraid to
share it? Or will I let the world receive hope?
Will I let the world see that we all
can be much greater than we think because our Father
is greater than we think?
3. Standing up for
the Light of Truth to Be Lived: Moral relativism
seems to be the norm for our times. Many people
think that they can decide what principles they will
live by, instead of seeking to form their consciences
by principles in accordance with God’s loving design for the
human person. Am I content merely to follow what
I know to be right, or do I also
look to enlighten the consciences of others, prudently and charitably?
Have I ever given the impression of condoning actions
that are wrong? Do I take an interest in
promoting the value of life in all of its stages?
Am I courageous in nobly defending others when people
criticize them behind their backs?
Conversation with Christ: Lord,
thank you for this calling. You have given light
to my soul so that I can be a light
for others. Lord, help me to have confidence in
the power of your light: the power of your truth
and grace. Let me be brave enough to allow
this light to penetrate my soul even more today.
Let me be brave enough to not hide from your
light; let me be brave enough to give it
Resolution: I will enlighten my
conscience better about a point of our faith or morals
by looking it up in the Catechism of the
Catholic Church (It can be found on-line at http://www.vatican.va