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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Be a Light

"Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket." Mt 5:14

In early January, I had an opportunity to spend time with the Capuchin novices of North America, seventeen remarkably diverse young men. One novice is a Chaldean Catholic from Iraq. Another is from Columbia. Two are from Mexico and another is an Indian from. The light of Christ is very bright indeed and these young men are not putting their lights under a bushel basket.

The gospel today reminds us that we are salt and light, people who are supposed to bring flavor, perseverance, healing and hope to the world. Gathering with such a diverse group of committed and joyful young men was a wonderful reminder that God continues to do God's work even in a church as hurt and broken as ours.

Being a light in the world is simple, but often difficult. It means discerning when to speak or be quiet in difficult circumstances. It means doing the right thing even when it is unpopular. It means remembering that it is not our own light but Christ's that we put on the mountain top so that all can see.

Today, be a light to others.

What or who brings the light of Christ into your life?

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