The Light of One Candle Can Dispel the Darkness

In today's gospel, Jesus uses the light cast from a lamp stand to symbolize the many mysterious ways in which we are blessed when we enter into a relationship with Him. We may not be able to perceive all the ways God's grace shines down on us, but even in our darkest hours, we are continuously bathed in the light of grace.



"And no man, when he hath lighted a lamp, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but putteth it on a stand, that they that enter in may see the light." (Luke 8: 16-18)

Starting with the Book of Genesis, the Bible uses the symbol of light 263 times. Nothing is so commonplace, and yet so little understood, as light. The rainbow of colors that we perceive with our eyes is but a small fraction of light's wavelength. The Jews of Christ's time did not share our knowledge of invisible ultra violet light, infra red light, x-rays, gamma rays, radio waves or microwaves – mysterious properties that we gauge only with the help of sophisticated scientific instruments. To the Jewish way of thinking, light was simply the absence of darkness. To keep the light burning, they had to fill their lamps with oil and trim the wicks. They couldn't flip a switch, press a button or insert a battery; they had to attend to their lamps faithfully. Especially in their darkest hours.

In today's gospel, Jesus uses the light cast from a lamp stand to symbolize the many mysterious ways in which we are blessed when we enter into a relationship with Him. We may not be able to perceive all the ways God's grace shines down on us, but even in our darkest hours, we are continuously bathed in the light of grace.

Matthew 6: 22 tells us that "The lamp of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light." Like the Jews of old, we have to keep the lamp burning brightly by focusing on scripture and asking for the grace to know how to deal with life's problems. To dispel the darkness, light a candle and shine it on scripture. Daily.
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