Monday of the Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saints Andrew Kim Taegon—(1821-+1846) Martyr, and Paul Chong
Ha-sang—(1795-+1839) Martyr and Companion, Patron Saints of Korea
Book of Ezra 1:1-6, Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6, & Luke 8:16-18
What do the images of light and a lamp tell us about God's Kingdom? Lamps in the ancient world served a vital function, much as they do today. In his homily, a priest friend once said that "lights" enable people to see and work in the dark and avoid stumbling. The Jewish people also understood light as an expression of inner beauty, truth, and goodness of God. Throughout the Psalms, we learn that "In His light we see" and, "His Word is a lamp that guides our steps." God's grace not only illuminates the darkness in our lives but also fills us with spiritual light, joy, and peace.
Jesus used a lamp to describe how His disciples live in the "light of His truth and love." Just as natural light illuminates the darkness and enables us to see the reality of God's Kingdom, our mission is to be light-bearers of Christ so that others may know the truth of the Gospel and be free from sins' blindness and deception of our world. In other words, today's Gospel narrative presents to us our role in the world, which is to shine and manifest to others by our way of living the light of faith by not only "being good" but by "doing good" to others. We received this light of faith when we were baptized into the Catholic faith. The lit candle that we receive symbolizes Christ Himself, who is the Light and the Truth.
Friends, we should never be discouraged, regardless of the circumstances, to do good. God will give us our reward, and He will take care to draw others to Him through our good examples. The Book of Proverbs, 3:27, tells us, "Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due when it is in your power to do it." There is nothing hidden that will not become visible.
Question of the Day: Will you "do good" toward others and expect nothing in return?
Prayer: "Let your light shine before others, that they may see your charitable deeds and glorify your heavenly Father. Amen."