Monday, September 25, 2017

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. ...”

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” ― Plato: (423 – 347 BC: was a philosopher in Classical Greece and the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world.

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."

We are taught that in baptism we receive God's grace and are forgiven our sins, become members of the Church and temples of the Holy Spirit. As temples of the Holy Spirit, we welcome the Holy Spirit and radiate his goodness and love to the world. With the help of the Spirit, through prayer and good deeds, we are strengthened to live as children of the Father in heaven and brothers/sisters of the Lord. We learn to call God our Father and to accept, love and forgive our fellow human beings.

Endowed with the loving presence of the Holy Spirit, we become, like Christ, lights to the world, sharing our light and God's love and goodness to all those around us. May our light received at baptism not burn out but instead grow ever stronger and brighter for all to see and to give glory to God.

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