Dear Sisters and Brothers,
“...your light must shine in the sight of others so that, seeing your good works, they may give glory to your Father in heaven.” This is not just a statement, it’s a mandate. It’s a mandate now more than ever. Very few will doubt that ours is a society that is walking in dark shadows. Very few are unaware that our world is shrouded in darkness, terrorism, violence, lawlessness, financial challenges, climate change, and now the Corona pandemic. Can it get darker? It can, and will, if we, the New Testament people of God, fail to “let our light shine in the sight of men and women so that seeing our good works,” they come to see light in the proverbial tunnel.
Yes, when a fourteen-year-old can be charged with murder and a sixteen-year-old, the week after, the darkness is dark indeed. Today, Jesus mandates us to be the lights in the darkness around us. Didn’t he say in Matthew 5, ”You are the light of the world”? He went on further and said, “No one lights a lamp to put it under the bed...” And then the text, “...in the same way, your light must shine in the sight of men/women, so that, seeing your good works they may give the praise.” And they need to see the light if they are to give the praise due our Father in heaven.
Are you up to saying yes to the mandate? The Word of God asks this of you now.
Are you ready and willing?
May God bless you.
Fr. Clement Paul. Rev. Stephen Joseph
Parish Priest. Parish Deacon.