When we’ve had back-to-back-to-back grey days in the winter, isn’t a burst of sunshine (even when it’s shining through the clouds) the most welcome sight? Light is essential for almost everything we have and need in this life. So then it’s no surprise that Jesus is pretty concerned with teaching us about light as well.

Last Sunday we heard Jesus say, “You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden. … let your light shine before people.” (Matthew 5:14)

We can trust that there is light within us, within our families, and all around us in the Trinity family. Our work is in releasing our light.

With “the eyes of your heart enlightened” (to borrow a phrase from Saint Paul), allow God’s light, and life, and love to flow from you as you face others in the course of the day. Your light can give dignity to others who suffer from fear, anxiety, loneliness, rejection, and shame.

The great wonder of God’s light is that even the smallest amount of light overcomes darkness. Jesus says to us, “You are light.” Be light! This blessing from the Book of Numbers (Ch. 6, v. 26 and following) reminds us of how God shines on us so that we might then shine onto others:

The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
the LORD lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.”