Father Bill is enjoying his vacation, visiting his family in Florida. This week, we hear from our Pastoral Assistant for Liturgy and Pastoral Care, Laurie Moloney. If you have any questions or comments on her article, please feel free to reach out to her at extension 111 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We Are the Light of the World
As an amateur astronomer, I have seen the light of distance stars, galaxies, and nebulas magnified in amazing ways when I look through my telescope. I wouldn’t be able to see these wonders of God’s creation in quite the same way with the naked eye. Just as it’s difficult to see fully God’s great light in our dark world, Jesus calls us to be the telescope
and bring His light into the world.
“Through baptism, we not only receive this light, but we become the light” . This is represented at baptism when the godparent lights a candle from the Easter candle, which represents the light of Christ at the Easter Vigil. So how do we keep this light burning and how do we bring it to the world?
Isaiah tells us in today’s first reading that if we give bread to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted, then our light shall break forth like the dawn (Is 58:8). When we bring God’s mercy to others, Jesus’ light shines through our lives and, in turn, draws others into the Light of Christ. In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us we are the light of the world, and He calls us to let that light shine forth to all (Mt 5:13-14).
Here at St. John the Baptist we have many ministries that bring the light of Christ to the world. There’s everything from St. Vincent de Paul ministry, Safe Car Parking, Creation Care, and PREPARES to serving as a liturgical minister at Mass. Visit the Ministries pages on our website to see a list of ministries, sjtbcc.org.
And if you haven’t yet taken the Living your Strengths class, talk to Anne Frederick in the office. It will help you discover where God is calling you to let your light shine.
 Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition, para. 1216