Jesus shines through us to the dark World


Monday of the 25th Week in Ordinary Time
September 25, 2017

Today’s Readings:

Ezra 1:1-6
Ps 126:1b-6
Luke 8:16-18
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:

For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible,
and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.
Take care, then, how you hear.
To anyone who has, more will be given,
and from the one who has not,
even what he seems to have will be taken away.”

Today’s readings encourage us to be the doers of the Word of God. In the first reading the Pagan King Cyrus gives decree to every Jew who is in exile to build the Temple of God. God speaks to Cyrus through the fulfilment of a Prophesy of Prophet Jeremiah. The Prophets and people of God can make big difference by becoming the bacons of Love, Joy. Peace and Justice. This Witness enlighten the Pagans around us and our Witness of truth and the light of the Gospel reach the hearts of the Unfaithful and remove the darkness from their hearts. This is what true witnessing is all about in the Gospel.

Prophet Jeremiah spent entire of his life in the Prison and torture for speaking the Gospel truth. This truth may not have yielded its fruits in his lifetime but every Word of God came out of his mouth was fulfilled and converted and challenged great Kings of other faith like Cyrus. Jesus in the Gospel reading calling us to be light of the World in actions. The wisdom of God is like Skills or talents given to men and this enlightenment or knowledge of truth must be represented and witnessed in our life. If we do not Witness and keep it safe for our individual Salvation, the dim light will under the Bushel will be put off due to lack of faith. A person Witnessing the Gospel fearlessly and full of faith for the love of God receive abundance of grace and great mysteries of the Kingdom of God will be revealed to him. The entire heaven will be opened to these kinds of People.

These People make difference among the other faith by evangelising or by witnessing the Gospel to others. Most of the Saints and early Christians became great witnesses without fear of death and were martyred in mass. The Knowledge of the Kingdom of God has revealed to us to become Witnesses to others. The Gospel message challenges oneself to be renewed in love and service and if this message is neglected or taken for granted to hide our evil desires and unforgiving nature then one day we will be exposed to the whole World of our Hypocrisy. The spirit of God can dispel darkness but cannot be part or companion of darkness.

We see many Luke warm Christians of this Category. They are neither hot nor Cold and change their colours as per their comforts and conveniences. To be very frank these people are not Christians by faith at all but good actors of Christian faith. They want to call themselves Christians and all outwardly formalities and obligations but inside live in complete darkness. Let us be people of light and shine our light whichever way as per our calling to the immediate neighbours and our own family and friends and of other faith.



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