Matthew 5: 14-15, Mark 4: 21-25, Luke 8: 16-18
16 ¶ No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.
17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.
18 Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have. (Luke 8: 16-18)
We are called as Christians not only to love God and to offer our days to Him, but also to shine as a living example to the people we meet each day. We are called to that apostolate which is a part of being a Christian, to proclaim the truth of Christ to the world.
There are all sorts of ways in which we can approach this mission. There are those who feel called to preach the Gospel aloud in busy streets, asking passers by to pause for a moment and listen to the word of God. For others, it might seem a brave act to say to a person who might not know us very well, in the course of conversation: I am a Christian.
There are questions we may ask ourselves. Would another person know that I am a Christian? What do I do that shines the light of Christ upon the people I meet each day? Do I love other people as God loves me? Do I give this love to everyone, or only to my friends? Am I a living witness to the message of faith, hope and charity?
We are called by Christ to evangelize, to live in community, to work to grow the mystical body of the Church, to call others to the love and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
We pray for divine assistance that we may do good in the world. We pray that others may see our good works, not for the sake of ourselves but so that they may be called themselves to glorify God and to perceive the true and full meaning of human life.
May the light of Christ shine through our lives, and so, never diminished but only magnified, ignite the lives of others.
‘He who died for us is all that I seek; he who rose again for us is my whole desire. The pangs of birth are upon me; have patience with me, brothers, and do not shut me out from life, do not wish me to be stillborn. Here is one who longs only to be God’s; do not make a present of him to the world again, or delude him with the things of the earth. Suffer me to attain to light, light pure and undefiled; for only when I am come thither shall I be truly a man. Leave me to imitate the passion of my God.’ St Ignatius of Antioch