Light for the World
Let us be people of faith in order to live it and share it with our neighbor; let us remember that as brightly as our lamps are lit, so much will they send forth light. “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). “No one after lighting a lamp puts is under the bushel basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all in the house” (Matthew 5:15).
We must remember that we have just one work to accomplish, though this has different applications. We must grow in faith, to nourish our hope and stir up our love of God and of our neighbor. Herein lies perfection. The person who draws close to God thereby draws even closer to other people! The individual who feels God and speaks to him with a certain intimacy is renewed in strength and at the same time is inflamed with zeal for others.
…heavenly light must guide us, and we must often recall the fundamentals of our Faith. We have a soul to save. There is a world to save…
It is faith that saves. And in order to reach salvation, one needs to believe in eternal truths, the gravity of sin, and the divinity of the Founder of the Church. The author of the letter to the Hebrews writes: “Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son” (Hebrews 1: 1-2).
In giving his divine Son to mankind, God gave it his Word-a great gift! The apostles carried his message, his Gospel of peace, through the apostolate of preaching: “Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world” (Romans 10:18).
It is not difficult to tell someone that he or she should believe, but it is a wholly complex and difficult task to live simultaneously an example of faith and of every virtue and to obtain grace for them by prayer.
We all have a mission in life, according to our own state in life. One day Jesus Christ will ask of us an account of this mission. We will have to answer for it to God, and the one who has not only done well, but has also taught others to do so will have a greater reward in heaven.
Blessed James Alberione, SSP, Founder of the Pauline Family
Saint Joseph, faithful cooperator in our redemption, have pity on poor humanity, still wrapped in so much error and so many evils. You were a docile instrument in the hands of the heavenly Father, in arranging everything for the birth and childhood of Jesus…may I always be prepared with a strong faith for the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ each day as he comes into my life through the Mass, the sacraments, the presence of others and through the things that happen. May I have the faith to believe that all is directed by God for my greater good. Saint Joseph intercede for me this day. Ask the Lord that I may have also the faith of the Blessed Virgin Mary who was docile to the voice of God and thus became the Mother of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. May Jesus live in my heart and may I hear God’s word each day with faith as you and Mary did. Amen