Thought of the day
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tuesday of the Tenth week in Ordinary Time

"You are the light of the world"

In his epistle Saint John rightly states: 'God is light', and “whoever remains in God” is “in the light, just as God himself is in the light” (1Jn 1,5.7; 3,24). Because we have had the good fortune to be freed from the darkness of error, we should always “walk in the light” like “children of the light” (Eph 5,8)... And so the apostle Paul says: “Among them you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life” (Phil 2,15-16).But if we do not do this, it will be clear that we are, so to speak, covering up and shading this essential light by our lack of faith…

Therefore, that shining light which has been lit for our salvation must always shine in us. For we possess the lamp of the heavenly commandments and of the spirit of grace, of which David said: “Your law is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Ps 119[118],105)... We must not, then, hide this lamp of the law and of faith but should always set it up on the Church, as on a lamp-stand, for the salvation of many. In this way we too may enjoy the light of truth itself and all who believe may be enlightened.

Saint Chromatius of Aquilaea (?-407), Bishop
Homilies on Saint Matthew’s Gospel, no.5, 1.3-4