This reflection was taken from the Sunday Mass Readings of Jan. 19, 2014:
“I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” In today’s first reading, God is not merely talking to the prophet Isaiah and the Jews of that age. He is speaking to all of us.
Christianity stemmed from Judaism. It’s really just the next level of the same religion–instead of just the Old Law, it is the Old Law fulfilled in the New, and the New revealed in the Old. My point is that when God was talking to Isaiah, he was thinking of the coming birth of Christ–and from there, the birth of Christianity.
It is common knowledge that we, as Christians, are supposed to try to bring those around us to Christ’s Truths. It’s like when we as Catholics make a Cross symbol on our foreheads, mouths, and chests before listening to the Gospel–with the hope that we might keep Jesus in our minds, words, and hearts. It is God’s will that we should use our words to bring those around us to the love of Christ.
Christ came to call sinners. So must we. Don’t get me wrong, we’re all sinners; but many of those we love may not be Christians, and may therefore be deprived of understanding–as best as anyone can–the true depth and power of Christ’s Love, and from there potentially end up missing out on eternal salvation. Jesus loves all people, and wants all of us to come to him; but the darkness of sin cannot be dispelled unless we can turn on the light. You could say that some of us don’t know how to turn on our own lights, and that we need the help of someone else’s light in order to find our light switch.
“Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.” How many of us can say that response, and actually mean it? How many of us are really willing to shine our lights forth for others, and help guide them on their way to the Lord? It isn’t always easy. Some people will try to resist our attempts to help them; some will try to turn around and shatter our faith altogether. Yet we must not give up on them.
Think of Jesus when he was being crucified, when he said of his persecutors, “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.” People were torturing him, in the very worst way that they knew of, and he still wasn’t giving up on them.
We should use this as an example in our own lives. We should pray for those who have yet to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior, and try with all our God-given ability to help them, lovingly, to see the Truth. For we ourselves are sinners, and God–through his own infinite love–will never give up on us.
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”–Mt. 19:26
by Cameron Daly