February 9, 2014 - 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Gospel of Matthew 5: 13-16

Samantha's Reflection
The line that stood out to me was, “You are the light of the world.”  What automatically comes to mind is the youth, as if Jesus was speaking directly to them.  When I think of the youth I think of their energy and enthusiasm.  My hope is that young people use their energy, enthusiasm, and talents to do things like help the less fortunate, as it says in the first reading, and to share God’s word even though one may not feel fully confident with it, as it says in the second reading.  We may feel like we don’t have anything particularly enlightening or valuable to share, but we should have faith that God will find a way to speak through each of us.

The other lines that stood out to me were the last ones: “Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds, and glorify your heavenly Father.”  To me this says, live your life in such a way that when people meet you, they think, he has a good spirit about him. Or, she has a kind, warm spirit about her.  Help others in need.  Stand up for others who cannot stand up for themselves.  Praise and give thanks to God- on your own, and in front of others who may not know God.  These are just some of my own ideas about how to be the light of the world and glorify God… pray about how you can “shine before others.”

I realize that this word is not just for the youth of course, it speaks to all of us.  So all of us should think, How am I going to be the light of the world?  How will I be remembered?