Let Your Light Shine

August 23, 2018  •   Tracy Earl Welliver

 

“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.”

Matthew 5:14-16

 

The revelations of the past few weeks regarding some leaders within our Catholic Church have caused many to question where can the Church go from here. The actions of several leaders within our community have shaken many to their core and caused considerable pain. At times like these, it is easy to give the darkness the upper hand because it is so thick and all around us.

However, the darkness of evil never lasts. There is only one choice for us in the Church who continue to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ and work toward a clearer reflection of His Kingdom. That choice is to let our lights burn brighter and stronger than ever before.

The children’s gospel song of the 1920’s, “This Little Light of Mine,” has been adopted by many movements and people who have faced unbelievable struggles. The simple song relays a powerful message. We may think at times that the light that burns within us is less significant than the light in those who hold power or who bear titles of prestige. However, the light of Christ inside of each of us when kindled and stoked can shine so brightly that any darkness can be dispelled.

You and I, with all those of good will in the Body of Christ, must now shine brighter than ever. The future is not predetermined except for the fact that in the end JESUS WINS! The history that will be made until the day of His return is OUR HISTORY. If our lights shine as brightly as possible, no power on earth or in hell will be able take that history from us.

At LPI, we work every day to assist parishes and dioceses in spreading the Good News effectively. It is our mission to equip the baptized with the tools needed to let their lights shine even brighter. Do not be discouraged, Church! Instead, shine, shine, SHINE! We will try our best to partner with you and light any sparks needed. If we stay the course and keep Jesus at the center of all we do, the future looks BRIGHT!

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