Look out your window. It’s dark outside. The sun might be shining, but darkness prevails. It’s just the reality of the world we live in. Our world is dark, and those who belong to the world love the darkness.
As John's Gospel says, "people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil."
One dark night a couple millennia ago, the light of the world was born, and he described his followers the same way: “You are the light of the world.” Christians are called to shine brilliantly, and are the only light some people will ever see.
The light of Christians is a reflected light, but a true light just the same. We illumine the darkness with the power of Christ. He is the light, and we emanate his light. That means authentic disciples are seen disciples.
No city on a hill can be hidden. It is built on a hill intentionally, to protect it from natural disaster and from enemies. It’s always visible, but especially at night, when the lights are on. The darker the surroundings, the brighter the light. And nobody lights a lamp - especially one lit with expensive oil - and covers it. They set it up to illumine the room for those inside.
A virtuous life will brightly shine. We cannot let our lights go out, but shine so as to push back the darkness. And our light must cause people to see the true light of the gospel in Jesus Christ.
This is what makes us attractive, so that all people will see our good deeds. People will see the true joy, the transcendent purpose of our lives, they will see humility and hard work, love for others, and a secure hope. The world will see.
Is your light covered? Are you too ashamed to shine brightly?
May the light of Christ be revealed in disciples on mission.