A Gentle Light

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.” I am sure we can all relate to the experience of turning on a light in the middle of the night. I don’t know about you but when that happens to me, my first instinct is to squint my eyes and even close them. It is almost painful when the light suddenly dispels the darkness. There is almost an instinct that kicks in to makes us want to go back into the darkness. Sometimes the light of the truth causes us to look at things we don’t want to see, for in seeing them it causes us to change. So very often we reject the light.

In today’s gospel, we are called to be the light of the world. In being that light, we witness to the truth of Jesus Christ by our actions and by our words. So often I am afraid that in my own preaching, in my own trying to witness to the light, that I can force others to face the light in a harsh way because of my judgement of them. My biggest fear is that because of something I might say or do, others may run from the light and seek the comfort of the darkness. Perhaps my efforts should always try to bring others gently into the light, meeting them where they are, presenting the light as a warm attractive place. Also, I must remember that in that same light of truth I must look at my very life, acknowledging where I need to change.

Let’s consider today that it is the authentic light of truth of our loving God, who does seek to judge but to save, that is the light, indeed the city set on a hill which cannot be hidden.

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