Thursday of the 3rd Week of OT A

Life in Christ Is the Light of the World

A missionary priest from India once shared his vocation story saying that he was born and grew up in a countryside. He was brought to Church once in a while. A priest who came to celebrate the Mass, he rode a two-wheel mobile. When he arrived to celebrate Mass, he let his mobile on so to use the headlight of the mobile for Mass. As a young little boy, he really liked this priest because he was so cool to use his bike to light the whole Church for Mass. He wanted to be a priest when he grew up just because he loved the light from that bike to shine the whole Church. He grew up and studied and became a missionary priest.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus said to his disciples and perhaps to each and every one of us saying, “Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lampstand?” Each one of us was given the Light of Christ in our baptism, we are called to be the lamb to shine in the world. We are called to be the Light of Christ shines through our life in our words and in our deeds.

Have you and I ever been the Light of Christ to our loved ones at home, to our co-workers at work, to our friends in school, and to one another whom we come into contact each day? How would we become the Light of Christ to them if it’s not through our good words and good deeds to one another? As long as there is light, even though it’s just a small light, it will destroy the darkness. If each one of us would be a small light, together we would light up the whole world to destroy the darkness. Are you and I willing to be the light of the world? How would you want to become the light of the world in your own terms?


Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen

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