Apr 8 (Jn 8:11-20)

The story is told of a poor little girl who was shivering her way along a main street in a great city on a cold evening.

Seeing the beautiful lights of a church building and hearing the music coming from within, she went in and warmed herself as she listened.

The homily of the day was on the verse: “I am the light of the world.”

After the Mass, she went to the priest and said: “Did you say you are the light of the world, sir?”

The priest replied: “No, dear child. Christ is the light of the world…

… and I am only trying to reflect His Light!”

The little lass looked at him for a moment, and then solemnly requested:

“Well, sir, I wish, you would come down and hang out in our street…

… ’cause it’s awful dark down there!”

As Christians, we are to reflect the Light of Christ!

>> Are we ready to “come down and hang out” in some dark streets of our world?

The Gospel of the Day is the declaration of Jesus as “the Light of the World”…

… and the subsequent opposition and rejection by the Pharisees.

John 1:4 describes: “In Him was Life, and that Life was the Light of men.”

Jesus as the “Light of the world” brought hope and happiness in the life of the people…

… restored health to the sick

… dignity to the shamed

… hope to the rejected

However, not all received this “Light” in a positive manner.

The Pharisees, the scribes and the elders of the Law, considered Jesus to be…

… a stumbling block

… a thorn in the flesh

And so they failed to understand and accept the “Light of the world!”

What about us?

Do we accept “Jesus, the Light of the world?”

… Do we allow Him to illuminate in all the areas of our life?

… Do we permit Him to shine forth in all our thoughts, words and deeds?

Accepting Jesus as the “Light of the world” implies doing away with…

… all our habits of darkness – laziness, criticizing, rash judgments etc

… all our dark tendencies of the mind – jealousy, pride, lust etc

Accepting Jesus as the “Light of the world” also means that we in turn are to be “light in the lives of people!”

>> “You are the light of the world… let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Mt. 5:14-15).

The Season of Lent is an encouraging time to consciously practise “acts of light in the lives of people.”

We could…

>> Have bodily fasting or abstinence…

… and share some of the resources with the needy

>> Have “social media or internet” abstinence…

… and use the time in engaging in charitable works or spending time with the needy

>> Have “vices or bad tendencies” abstinence…

… and grow in the practise of virtues and holiness

Let the last two weeks of Lent be a time for renewing and strengthening our spiritual observances…

… so that we may truly seek to be a “light in the darkness!”

Yes, as Christians, we are to reflect the Light of Christ!

>> Are we ready to “come down and hang out” in some dark streets of our world?

God Bless! Live Jesus!

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Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “It is love that gives value to all our works; it is not by the greatness or multiplicity of our works that we please God…

… but by the love with which we do them!”

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