Let your light shine!!!

In today's Gospel, Jesus teaches.

There are crowds listening to him as he teaches about discipleship. What he says is challenging and demanding. Being his disciple is hard, but it is not impossible.

Today, these words may give heart to struggling disciples ...

                                                                                                ... let your light shine.

More than once in John's Gospel, Jesus declares: 'I am the light of the world'.

Here, Jesus declares: 'You are the light of the world'.

That's us - we are the light of the world!

Listen to what he says next. He encourages those who hear him to 'let your light shine'.

Listen to what Jesus doesn't say.

Jesus doesn't say: when you feel you are ... bright enough, strong enough, brave enough, confident enough, gifted enough, ready enough ... let your light shine.

Jesus doesn't say: wait until ... and then let your light shine.

No, Jesus just says:

... let your light shine !!!

Through the eyes of Jesus, we are already enough! We are already the light of the world!

Hear his words and listen to him!

Hear his words and take heart!

Hear his words and let your light shine!

Now is the time to let that light of yours shine, to let that light that is you shine!

                       So ...

                                 ... let your light shine ...

                                                                        ... brightly !!!

When we let our light shine, other people can see God at work in our world.

So, let your light shine!

                                ... let your light shine ...

                                                                       ... brightly !!!

'let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven' (Matthew 5:13-16)


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