“The lamp of the body is the eye.
If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light;
but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness.
And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.” -Matthew 6:22-23
Reflection. Happy first day of Summer! Today, is the longest day of the year, and may your day be filled with light. My hope is that all realize the light within you, that is, the light of Christ. Even in our darkest times, our Lord remembers us and fills us with light. We must always remember that no matter how hard the tribulation may be in your life, the light of Christ will lead you to ever-lasting glory. We must look to Him to decrease our suffering, and even in times of happiness, utilize the light within us to glorify His name. As believers, we are all children of light. Through constant prayer, reflection, and repentance for our transgressions, we can be children of light, the way our Lord intended. St. Paul, in today’s reading in 2nd Corinthians 11, went through many a tribulation, as a child of light:
“I am still more, with far greater labors,
far more imprisonments, far worse beatings,
and numerous brushes with death.
Five times at the hands of the Jews
I received forty lashes minus one.
Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned,
three times I was shipwrecked,
I passed a night and a day on the deep;
on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers,
dangers from robbers, dangers from my own race,
dangers from Gentiles, dangers in the city,
dangers in the wilderness, dangers at sea,
dangers among false brothers;
in toil and hardship, through many sleepless nights,
through hunger and thirst, through frequent fastings,
through cold and exposure.”
But he also states:
“If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.”
Paul, as a messenger of the light, truly went through many tribulations in his lifetime, even until his death. But he knew, as we should come to know, that with the light of Christ within us, we too are messengers of Christ, and have nothing to fear. Even when we “see” darkness around us, evil being done, we must never cease to pray for those that need it, lend a helping hand to those less fortunate, and carry the light throughout the day. Let the lamp of our body be our eye, and go and minister to those that need it without fear. For through Christ, all things are possible, all things are attainable. We must continue to be the bearers of His life, and carry His grace, His love, and His message to all of the world, so that they may hear! God Bless, and have a wonderful, full day of light! ~CJA