The Parable of the Lamb
It is always said that the Philippines is the only Christian country in Asia. We are surrounded by non-Christian countries. But, as one priest asked, are the Japanese, the Chinese, the Indians and the people of other great religions and small Asian nations attracted to Christ and His message because they are drawn to the light of Christ, shining in us?
What do the images of light and a lamp tell us about God’s kingdom? Lamps in the ancient world served a vital function, much like they do today. A priest once said in his homily that lights enable people to see and work in the dark and to avoid stumbling. The Jews also understood light as an expression of the inner beauty, truth and goodness of God. In His light we see light (Ps. 36:9). His word is a lamp that guides our steps (Ps. 119:105). God’s grace not only illumines the darkness in our lives, but it also fills us with spiritual light, joy, and peace. Jesus used the image of a lamp to describe how his disciples are to live in the light of his truth and love. Just as natural light illumines the darkness and enables one to see visually, so the light of Christ shines in the hearts of believers and enables us to see the heavenly reality of God’s kingdom. In fact, our mission is to be light-bearers of Christ so that others may see the truth of the gospel and be freed from the blindness of sin and deception.
In other words, today’s gospel presents to us, Christians, our role in the world and that is to shine and to manifest to others by our way of living the light of faith not only by being good but also by doing good. We received this light of faith when we were baptized as Christians. The candle lighted after our baptism symbolizes Christ Himself who is the Light and Truth.
I read this story of a woman, as told in the homily of a priest, whose car stopped in the middle of a busy street. She raised the hood and began a futile search for the problem. Motorists swerved around her blowing their horns and hurling bad words at her. The woman counted over a hundred cars that passed her by, before someone paused, rolled down his window and asked if she needed help. This person is great, not only in the eyes of man, but especially in the eyes of God. We, Christians, should never be ashamed to show our colors. The Book of the Proverbs says: “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it,” (3:27).
So we should never become discouraged or cease in doing good even when we are insulted for it. God will give us our reward and He will take care of drawing others to himself by means of our good example. There is nothing hidden that will not become visible.
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