Dear Emmaus Family and Friends,
In this week’s Gospel we hear Jesus telling his disciples that he is the Light of the World. The light that drives out darkness. If we are the Body of Christ, then we too are the Light of the World. Considering the condition of our world, being the Light of Christ is a pretty tall order. It is so large a challenge that we quickly realize we can’t bring light to the darkness in the world on our own. If we want to accept the challenge of bringing God’s love to the world we will need to work together and to learn how to lean on God’s help.
If there is one gift that we have to give to the world, it is love. Love that is practical, concrete. After the school shooting a few weeks ago in Florida, one of the student leaders said, “We are tired of hearing people say they will pray for us. Prayer is not enough. We need actions that will help us be safe in our schools.” People don’t realize God’s love for them when we pray for them. Prayer is certainly a good thing. Prayer for others keeps our hearts open and may lead us to acts of love. The needs of our brothers and sisters may be helped by our prayers, but they need more than that. We can only drive back the darkness of poverty, violence and racism with action and prayer together.
Many years ago there was a religious show on TV whose motto was, “It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” That would be a good advice for us today. After we pray for peace or pray that the hungry of the world will be fed, we need to “light one candle”, do one concrete thing to combat hunger or further the cause of peace. If we combine our prayers with action, we will be spreading God’s love to the world.
Let’s make the refrain from one of our hymns our themes song this week: We are the light of the world, may our light shine before all, that they may see the good that we do and give glory to God.
Peace be with you,