Third Sunday Before Lent 09-02-20

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You are the Light of the world – Matthew 5. 13-20

We heard such a beautiful passage where Jesus tells his disciples that they are the Light of the world. What we heard is something so spectacular. This is so special because Jesus himself is the Light of the world. St. John while writing the epistles could say God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.

Light and darkness are metaphors that are used in the bible, both in the Old and the New Testaments. While darkness signifies death, Light signifies life.

To have the light is to have God, the true light that dispels all the powers of darkness and death. The transition from death to life is made by good works. Faith in God will be evident outwardly in acts of kindness, generosity and love.

Jesus says that this light of God will not to be hid and cannot be hid, we receive the light to radiate the brightness.

Jesus tells his disciples that to be his disciple is to do good works. That is the very nature of God because all that God does is good to people.

While everyone tries to be good and do good things, Jesus stretches his disciples to do good things more than everybody, to be exceedingly good.

The greatest good is seen in Jesus Christ our Lord. He is the embodiment of love from his birth, his ministry, his death and his resurrection and his continuous presence in the church. The love of God translates into acts of kindness, generosity and love.

At his birth he humbled himself to be born as a vulnerable little child, during his ministry he reached out to the lost and the least, the sinners and the abandoned. He was with them and he let them be with them. At the cross he sacrificed himself to bring salvation to the world. We see God in him. The writer to the Hebrews says that he is the reflection of the Glory of God. The Glory of God is the goodness of God to all people.

This is the type of life that Jesus is offering his disciples and to the world. To help people make the transition from death to life and to live life in fullness, with exceeding goodness that reflects the love and grace of God.