“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
“Trivialize even the smallest item in God’s Law and you will only have trivialized yourself. But take it seriously, show the way for others, and you will find honor in the kingdom. Unless you do far better than the Pharisees in the matters of right living, you won’t know the first thing about entering the kingdom.
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There is a word I am hearing a lot these days. Hypocrisy. I hear it too often. The ironic part is that Jesus was the one that introduced it into our intellectual or philosophical vocabulary. The most common use of that word, is when someone is “acting” like someone or somethings they are truly not. Hypocrisy was a Greek word for “acting,” literally “Under” (hypo-) “Critique” (-crite). When someone does something on a stage they are “under criticism” or “under judgment” from all those viewing. An actor is one who steps out and declares, “Look at me!” When we are hypocrites, we are “acting” like something we are not, and the whole world can see our “hypocrisy,” our acting.
"In order for the light to be seen, we must be willing to go where the darkness exists, to engage and walk through it, so that, in time, the light can overcome it."-Charles James Cook, "Daily Feast, Year A." Let us not grow weary in doing good. God bless you on your mission this week! Amen.