February 6, 2011: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jesus said to his disciples,
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let you light so shine before others, that they may see your good works and give glory to God.” (Mark 5:15-16)
♪ ♫ This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine… ♫♪
Have you ever heard this song or sung it? This gospel also reminds me of being in an airplane at night and looking out in the darkness. It’s so beautiful to look down on the earth and see the lights far away indicating towns or cities over which you are flying.
Jesus is telling us in today’s gospel to let the light of his life shine through us. How else will people come to know Jesus, if not through us?
There are many ways we can show forth the light of Christ, give glory to God, and cause others to praise and thank God.
Spend this week thinking about lighting up the world with your good works. Deliberately choose to do something every day that will bring the light of Jesus into someone else’s life.