Jesus said to the crowd:
“No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel
or sets it under a bed;
rather, he places it on a lampstand
so that those who enter may see the light.
For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible,
and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.
Take care, then, how you hear.
To anyone who has, more will be given,
and from the one who has not,
even what he seems to have will be taken away.”
How we have either failed to respond appropriately or have succeeded in bringing Christ glory through our actions on his behalf. In St. Luke’s Gospel today Jesus tells his disciples that they must take the “good news” into the world; that what they have been given is not some private knowledge or some secret to be guarded. They are called to tell anyone who will listen, likening the word to light in the darkness a fire that will light the night.
The act of taking God’s word to the world means acting upon what we have learned. In a very pragmatic way we are called to be light to the world through how we interact with the world in which night constantly tries to rule. Just as living in Christ’s light is difficult for us, so the struggle between love and hate is constantly being waged in the world around us.
The message for us today is one of the basics; we are called to be a light for the world. Reflecting upon the great love that stimulated this call, how can we not respond with all our hearts? We pray especially that our actions will be that light and those who meet us today will see it and be inflamed by the love we show them.