Isaiah 8: 23—9:3 Ps. 27: 1, 4, 13-14 I Cor. 1:10—13, 17 Matthew 4: 12-23 Just recently I had the experience of driving on a dark, rainy night to a wake and, distracted as I was with many memories, I took a wrong turn and got lost and was totally in the dark about where to go. There were many lights around on the route, but none indicated the route that I needed to take, until finally, I literally “saw the light”!
As the Church continues the invitation to discipleship with this Sunday’s Scriptures, we are reminded that the Light of God has come into our lives. If we persevere, we will come to a deeper awareness of what the call of living in the light entails. On this weekend after the Inauguration of our new President, during the week of Prayer for Christian Unity, there is darkness and bewilderment. This is not unlike the daily life experience of anguish and gloom in Zebulun and Naphtali or that of the church of Corinth rifled with partisanship and division.
Wasn’t it the experience of God’s faithfulness that led the psalmist and the people to proclaim that “the Lord is my light and my salvation?” “Wait for the Lord with courage; be stouthearted and wait for the Lord.” Or can we listen intently to Paul confronting the Corinthians’ apparent clouded vision when he writes “Is Christ divided?” And later “Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with the wisdom of human eloquence, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning.”
Similarly, the Gospel passage starkly begins with the contrast of darkness and light with the arrest of John the Baptist and Jesus’ decision to go to the northern boundaries of Israel where the light had been promised. The Gospel ends with the description of Jesus’ ministry all around Galilee as he proclaims the gospel of the kingdom and cures every disease and illness among the people. This is our call once again to mission: to bring the light, the good news of God’s healing love to each and every person and institution and to heal whatever is wounded.
A story: A child asked an elder what happened to the star of Bethlehem after it shone on the manger. The elder simply told the child that a piece of the star was given to each person so that the light of God could be shared over and over again… A song: “Walk in the Light” by Thomas Whitfield Walk in the light, beautiful light, come where the dewdrops of mercy shine bright. Oh shine all around us by day and by night, Jesus is, Jesus is the light of the world. Verse 1: No need to worry, no need to fret, all of my needs, the man named Jesus has met. His love protects me from hurt and from harm, Jesus is, Jesus is the light of the world. Verse 2: If the gospel be hid, it's hid from the lost, my Jesus is waiting to look past your faults. Arise and shine, your light has come, Jesus is, I know that He is the only light of this world. copyright <a href="http://elyrics.net">http://elyrics.net</a> -Sr. Mary Laura Lesniak
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