Matthew 5: 13-19
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
My last trip to IKEA, I was fascinated by the vast range of lamps and light fittings you can now buy. Not just a handful, but hundreds. None the less, my husband and I managed to decide on the best looking lamp for us, and we proceeded to the check out. We talked about where it was going to go and took it home to set it up.
Once home, we set the lamp up where we thought it would look best and shine nicely, but it wasn’t quite right. After hours of fussing and tweaking, the lamp finally found its home in the corner of our bedroom. Perfectly placed with our decor, but lighting up our room and home, when it is lit in the dark evenings.
At no point when we chose the lamp and set it up did we think it would be good to hide the light under a cover. Again, at no point did we want to put the lamp where the light wouldn’t shine and brighten up the room.
Yet, sometimes in life, when I say yes to following Jesus, to being his disciple, letting his light shine from my heart, I choose to cover it.
I cover it at work when colleagues are mocking the Church and I just nod and agree to not cause an argument.
I cover it when I walk pass others and don’t smile, as in worried what they think.
I cover it when I don’t want others to know I follow Christ.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus calls for us to not cover our light, our lamps, but to shine radiantly throughout the world.
We as lamps, come in all shapes and sizes, just like in IKEA. But what matters is that when we plug ourselves in to the Lord, we radiate light and love for all to see.
We may find from time to time we need to do a bit of maintenance, change the bulb so to speak, by praying or attending a retreat. Refreshing ourselves, cleaning the lamp, will help us to continue to radiate light and is so important to bringing a glimmer of light, love and hope to others.
So don’t be afraid, let your light shine!