The Light Of The World.

Wow, Imagine Jesus telling you this. Well there is no need to imagine because he really has told you and I this. His words are always so touching to my heart. This verse left me with so much to think of on Tuesday’s Mass reading.

This is the reflection Sister Gail Fitzpatrick had on the Mass readings for June 12, 2012
from “Give Us This Day”.

A Light in the Darkness
There is a custom in rural Norway of hanging a light in one’s
window that will burn throughout the night. In earlier times
these lights shining through dense fog or swirling snow could
be a saving beacon for a disoriented traveler.
In today’s Gospel Jesus challenges his disciples to go fur-
ther than just hanging a light in the window. He tells them:
“You are the light of the world . . . and your light must shine
before others.”
It’s hard for us to see ourselves as light for anyone. We are
so aware of our own inner darkness, fear, or doubt. Like the
widow in Elijah’s day who saw only her meager supply of flour
and oil, we feel our poverty. But the prophet urged her to go
further—to trust—and God worked through her limited
means to feed her household for a year.
Often it is through the meager good deeds of one of Jesus’
disciples that others catch a glimpse of the works of God.
John the Evangelist has Jesus saying: “I am the light of the
world” (John 8:12). And Matthew has the Lord tell his dis-
ciples: “You are the light of the world” (Matt 5:14). Ought we
not assume that a profound relationship is being described
here?
The “I am” and the “You are” imply an identification that
carries a far-reaching responsibility: as Jesus is light, so we
must be light—light in the dark for a child, a friend, a fellow
traveler, a world.

Sr. Gail Fitzpatrick
Gail Fitzpatrick, OCSO, is a member of Our Lady of Mississippi
Abbey in Dubuque, Iowa, where she served as abbess from
1982–2006.

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