“You are a light to the world.” We might imagine these words spoken by the Father to the Son and rightfully so, for Jesus is the Light of the world! But no – these words are spoken to YOU! To all of us as God’s people. These words were meant to both describe us as a people of God and to activate us as Christians:
Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless, clothe the naked when you see them, and do not turn your back on your own. Then your light shall break forth like the dawn . . . Isaiah 58.7
Note here that “You are the light of the world” is from Matthew’s gospel and are the words of Jesus spoken directly to his disciples. Note also the command to share and shelter and clothe is from the prophet Isaiah, written some 800 years before the birth of Christ. The same message given to Isaiah to share with the chosen people of God was spoken by Jesus Christ as he spent time evangelizing his disciples. Close to a thousand years between these writings and yet the message is the same. This is another example and some would say proof that God had a plan for our salvation that spanned thousands of years. And all in God’s time, according to His will, we as his people were saved.
Now we take these words into our hearts and minds and we ponder how we are to live them. The words are quite direct and simple; we, as followers of Jesus Christ need to look about the world in which we live, whether thousands of years ago or today, and see the needs of others. Upon recognizing the need we are called to action as Christians to serve God’s people. The instructions shared with us by the prophet Isaiah are what we know today as the Corporal Works of Mercy: Feed the hungry. Give drink to the thirsty. Clothe the naked. Shelter the homeless. Care for the sick. Visit the imprisoned. Bury the dead.
In simple language; care for one another, see the needs of others and respond with love. That is what it means to be Christian. That is what it means to “let our light shine.” Then we, like the disciples can expect this: “. . . when we call upon the Lord he will say: Here I am!” When we become light to one another we nurture and grow our relationship with Jesus, then the Light of our Lord Jesus Christ will take away all darkness and we shall be blessed!
With hope for all,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC