Monday of the 25th week in ordinary time year A

Ezra 1:1-6         Luke 8: 16-18

Theme: Light to the world

The scenario painted by Jesus in St. Luke’s gospel today, is saying a lot to us as children of God.  A light is meant to brighten up a place, so it is not kept where it will be hidden. Also, when there is light in a place, it dispels darkness, because the darkness automatically will disappear. Jesus Christ is the light of the world, and his presence dispels darkness. By extension, all of us, as children of the light, are supposed to extend this same light wherever we find ourselves. We are expected to light up our world as followers of Christ. Christ is no longer present physically in our world, but all of us as Christians are present, and it is expected that our light should continue to dispel the darkness in our world.

 However, for this to happen, we must have the light of Christ in our lives, and darkness must not find a place in our lives. This is very important because what you do not have you cannot give. For one to be able to dispel the darkness in our world, you must be a bearer of the light yourself. By implication, it means that the works of darkness have no place any more in your life. Simply put, you are proud of the type of life you are living, and you don’t have things you hide from others, because you are not proud of them.

The gospel reading of today is a reminder of who we are as children of the light. Let your light burn brightly and light up your life and the lives of all those who encounter you at any point in time in your life. Jesus has empowered us with the light of the world as his children, what is left is for us to be conscious of this fact and live like true children of the light that we are called to be always. Remember, it is never too late to make that bold decision to embrace what is good and right in our lives, you can begin it today. Don’t be discouraged by the challenges you may encounter on your way, be strengthened by the fact that there are people already doing it in their own lives; so, you can also do it, because the grace of God is sufficient for you.

We are all encouraged today to re-evaluate our call to discipleship and make the right decision to be true light that you are called to be. May the Lord bless his words in our hearts in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.

Monday of the 25th week in ordinary time year A, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp