A Day in the Light

Matthew 5: 13-16
2 Cor 1:18-22 / Ps 119

You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl…
(Matthew 5:15)

God’s Word is the light of creation,
Without it we live in fear and strife.
In it is our hope of salvation,
So let’s make it the rule of our life.

Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

Reflection

It was one enlightening Sunday, full of life and love. It started with a good 10-kilometer run on a beautiful sunny morning, which I hosted for 60 members of my running club (Davao Sunday Runners) in a venue near our house. It is our club’s tradition that every member should host a breakfast at least once a year, usually on his birth month. Running at the head of the pack (a year before senior citizenship) is so exhilarating. It really felt light! Was it the new running shoes my son gave me on my birthday? Or the company of cheerful, wholesome friends? Or simply being the host, feeding 60 hungry mouths after the run? What was important was still being able to run with the pack, and my arthritic knee not even bothering me.

After the breakfast, there was just enough time to get home and prepare for our BCBP recollection at 8:30. We made it to the Rivier Retreat House before then, thanks to the traffic-less Sunday. The 85 members of our Brotherhood were all grateful for this Lenten Recollection, facilitated by Mons. Paul Cuison, a young vicar who shed light on the mystery of Christian suffering. His theme radiated in the moving testimonies given by some members who shared personal insights on the significance of suffering in the light of God’s love. From them all we learned that no suffering borne with love is wasted. The recollection ended just before 4 pm, enough time to make it to our regular last Sunday of the month Bible-sharing session with leaders of the “Days With the Lord,” which I initiated as a personal evangelization.

Fellowship and faith interaction with three groups in one blessed Sunday, full of the salty flavor of true brotherhood, and the radiant light of evangelization. I could not help but thank God as I reflected on the words of Isaiah: “Arise, shine out, for your light has come, the glory of Yahweh is rising on you. See, darkness covers the earth, thick darkness over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn” (Isaiah 60:1-3).

You have made our way blameless, Lord, by the teaching of Your Word. We are always happy to observe Your decrees and seek You with all of our hearts. Amen.

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