What is the ‘Light’?

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By Deacon Bill Hagen
For the Umatuna Si Yu’os

A reflection from the Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Gospel of Matthew 5:13-16

Jesus said to his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”

In Genesis 1:3, God said, “Let there be Light,” yet the sun and moon were not created until later in verse 16.

In the Gospel of John, we hear that: “What came to be through him (referring to Jesus) was life and this life was the light of the human race.”

John the Baptist came to testify to “the true light which enlightens everyone” (again, referring to Jesus), and later in the Gospel of John, the evangelist describes Christ as: “The light of the world.”

In our creed, we proclaim that the Lord Jesus Christ is: “God from God, Light from Light,” and tonight, in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells his disciples: “You are the light of the world.” 

So, what is this “light of Creation,” this “light of the world,” known as Christ? To call it love is too easy as it’s more than that. So much more.

It is the light that allows us to see things in their fullness and to see Christ and Creation as it was intended. We get to see through the eyes of Christ. It allows us to observe a path to compassion and forgiveness and to see God’s presence in everyone. Its reflection opens our eyes to the needs of the other providing a vision for our participation in God’s plan and as we heard from Jesus tonight, “We are to be that light,” and that “our light must shine before others, that they may see our good deeds and glorify our heavenly Father.”

Christ is the light, which we are to become, and provide a fresh source of illumination for others. Can the other see Christ in our actions and hear Christ in our words? Do we only absorb the light, or can we reflect outwards that light given to us by Christ?

We must be totally visible to others as we radiate the light of Christ in our lives through our actions towards the other.

You may contact Deacon Bill at deacon96910@hotmail.com