The Light of Truth

Luke 8:16-18
Ezra 1:1-6 / Psa 126

No one who lights a lamp hides it under a jar or puts it under a bed.
(Luke 8:16)

Let God’s light dispel the darkness,
Drive away evil where it thrives,
Live a life of truth and goodness;
And let God’s Word light up our lives.

“No one who lights a lamp hides it under a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him.” (Luke 8:16-18)

Reflection

There was no electricity yet during the time of our Lord, so it was quite obvious to all that one didn’t put a flaming lamp under his bed. So, what Jesus was telling His followers was that they were expected to share the Word of God – be the beacons of the Good news of His kingdom. Earlier, He had just explained to them the parable of the sower -– they were the good seed who, having heard the Word, “embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance” (Lk.8:15b).

As modern day followers of our Lord, we are also expected to declare and practice the values and ideals that we have learned from our Master and Savior. Foremost among these is the ideal of Truth. Jesus said, “I am the Way, and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (Jn.14:6). Jesus is the primary light of our life; through Him we find the way to the Father. He is the Source of all truth; there is no lie in Him, that is why we believe in Him and trust Him completely. His Truth is also what transforms us into a new, enlightened life. Having found this illumined life in Jesus, it is incumbent on us that our “light must shine before others, that they may see (our) good deeds and glorify (our) heavenly Father” (Mt.5:16).

How do we make our light shine before men? It is simply by being truthful and honest in all our dealings. The principle of being honest in the practice of our businesses and professions– “even if others are not, even if others will not, even if others cannot”– is the enlightened battle cry of our brotherhood against dishonesty and corruption (like the PDAF scandals) once so prevalent in the government and the marketplace of the past. The new dispensation under Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino that promises to lead by the examples of integrity and transparency in government has rekindled the fire of enthusiasm in our community to pursue this ideal that will certainly lead to a brighter future for our country and for our children.

“Your Word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path” (Psa 119:105). The Word of God is our source of light, and if we must reflect God’s light to others, we must make the reading of the holy Bible a regular daily practice. Jesus said, “Therefore consider carefully how you listen.” Diligently absorb God’s messages in Scriptures, so that we may fully understand them, properly apply them in our life, and be credible when we proclaim them to others. And we must share God’s Word at every opportunity. Otherwise, what we do not use we will lose. “Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him” (Lk. 8:18). Those who are willing to share or give witness to God’s grace in their lives, and accept tasks of proclaiming the Word of God never seem to run out of requests to be breakfast sharers or speakers. But those who refuse to accept the challenge remain mute and unable to express the wonder of God’s love in their lives.

“Lord, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy mountain? Whoever walks without blame, doing what is right, speaking truth from the heart” (Psa 15:1-2). Thank You for granting Your servant this grace, my God, giving me hope that at the end of my days I will be ready to enter Your kingdom. Amen.

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