Rev. Keith Laskowski
February 4/5, 2023
5th Sunday Ordinary Time
You are the light of the world!
Wait! I thought Jesus is the Light of the world (John 8:12). He is.
Today's readings reveal to us God's plan. Jesus calls us to be his disciples. To be the light of the world, we must have a relationship with Jesus Christ who is the Light of the World. This connection to Jesus Christ begins in our Baptism. We receive the Holy Spirit, we become children of the Father and we are united intimately to Jesus Christ as his members. We are the Bod of Christ. When we were baptized, we received a small candle which was lit from a larger candle, the Paschal candle. This symbolism reveals a deep invisible reality. The light of Christ is ignited within our soul. Our mission is to allow that light to grow, intensify and shine. The light of Christ is seen through our words, our actions and our lives. How well do we allow the light to shine within us? Jesus has given the Sacraments to assist us. Confirmation and weekly Sunday Eucharist strengthens us. A daily prayer life and reading the Word of God intensifies the light within us. Confession reignites that light when it is diminished or extinguished by sin. Holy Matrimony gives light and strength to parents to love and forgive one another in the family. Holy Orders gives the light to a man to act in the person of Christ to teach the Word of God, provide the sacraments, and guide the People of God. The Anointing of the Sick strengthens the person in their sickness and prepares them for their journey home. Do I believe the light of Christ is within me? Do I make deliberate choices to intensify the light of Christ in my life through prayer and reflection on the Word of God? Do I allow my light to shine through my words, my actions and my life? How can I be the light of the world this week? Pray for the grace that the Light of Christ may shine through us so we can fulfill the plan of Jesus.