Monday, September 23, 2013

“You can lose your way groping among the shadows”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
 - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Gospel Text: (LK 8:16-18)
Jesus said to the crowd:
“No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel
or sets it under a bed;
rather, he places it on a lampstand
so that those who enter may see the light.
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.”

Is there something in our life that obscures the radiance of the Word of God?  Have we hidden the truth of the Gospel under our bed because we are afraid of confronting something that needs to change in us?

We should not be afraid of the truth of how we stand in relationship with God.  Even if we have fallen into serious sin, the truth of our condition is the first step in our repentance, transformation, and renewal.  "You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:32).

Jesus is the Light of the World (see John 8:12).  His life and Word illuminate the path of holiness. With courage, let us "throw off the works of darkness [and] put on the armor of light" (Romans 13:12).

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