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June 11, 2024


Let Your Light Shine

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Mt 5: 13-16


“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Readings are from Dynamic Catholic’s New Testament Bible: RSV Catholic Edition

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Let Your Light Shine

I'm Matthew Kelly and welcome back to Radical & Relevant, where we're exploring the genius of Jesus, the genius of the gospels, the genius of Catholicism, and looking for a word or a phrase or an idea each day in the gospel to anchor our lives or to anchor our lives on that day. Today's reading comes from the Gospel of Matthew 5:13-16. You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel. But on a stand and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light shine before men that they may see your good works and give glory to your father who is in heaven.

What jumps out at you today? It's easy for me. This first part of the last verse is my high school motto. High school motto was Luceat Lux Vestra, which is Latin for Let Your Light Shine. And so this is what I heard all through high school. Let your light shine, let your light shine. And when we stepped off the path we were told like, "You're not letting your light shine," and worse. Are you letting your light shine? I think a lot of people think we live in a world of darkness. I think a lot of people think we live in a world where the darkness is becoming greater and greater with every passing day. And that's an indictment on us as Christians because that means we're not letting our light shine. The reality is the smallest light in a room full of darkness-- the smallest light dispels all the darkness. There's no darkness left anymore. That's how powerful light is.

And how are we going to let our light shine? We've got to come to God. We've got to come to God in prayer. We've got to come to God in the sacraments. We've got to come to God in the scriptures. We've got to come to God through the works of mercy, through love in our neighbours. We've got to come to God and we've got to allow him to fill us with his light so we can go out into the world and let our light shine. Have an amazing day. And remember, don't just be yourself, be the very best version of yourself. All that God created you to be.

June 11, 2024