Daily Reflection for Tuesday, June 08, 2021
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners!
We encourage you to reflect on Tuesday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: 2 Corinthians 1:18-22
Responsorial: Psalm 119:129-133, 135
Gospel: Matthew 5:13-16
Our reflection on Tuesday’s readings:
In John’s gospel, Jesus says, “I am the light of the world.” (8:12) Later in that gospel, Jesus says, “I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness.” (12:46).
Today, in Matthew’s gospel, Jesus says to his disciples, “You are the light of the world” (5:14) and “. . . your light must shine before others . . .” (5:16) We are to be like Jesus!
These readings brought back memories of 1985, the first Easter Vigil I attended, and when I joined the Catholic Church. We stood together in darkness around a fire, listening to prayers, watching the lighting of the Easter Candle (Jesus) and then passing that flame to each small candle carried by a worshiper. The procession flowed into the darkened church, illuminating the space. Through our vows that night, each of us promised to spread the light of our faith to others, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Jesus’ words in John’s and Matthew’s gospels are unequivocal. Jesus was the light of the world, and as his followers, it is our privilege to carry on that mission. We can’t “hide our light under a bushel basket” even in times when it’s difficult. He instructed us to go and do good deeds, to share his love through our lives. As his disciples, love is to be the essence of our being and the foundation for our actions.
How we share that light often ripples out in unexpected ways. When the St. Monica Daily Reflections Ministry was started, the idea was to help parishioners engage in reading and praying with scripture, made convenient by internet access. A few years later, we realized we had more readers outside the parish than in. We were humbled to hear from readers around the world and to learn that our team’s words were used in many ways by individuals and groups that wanted to keep the Word of God alive in their lives. The light is spreading in new ways.
Keeping that light alive in our own lives is sometimes a challenge. Like Jesus, we all experience “death” and “resurrection” . . . of people, hopes, and ambitions . . . as part of our daily life. Our Christian faith reminds us to accept all of it with humility. As Henri Nouwen said, “everything is grace.” And God’s love is in it all. We are not alone. Through the light of the Gospels, prayer and community we are to find our love . . . our light . . . in it all as well.
Peace, my friends. I love you.