Societatis Nostrae: Living in Society as a Christian
“Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
Have you ever wondered why Jesus says both “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12) and “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14)? I’ve been considering this dilemma, and I’ve come to an interesting conclusion. Jesus is the light that guides us from darkness into eternal life, yet we can participate in that light because of our Lord’s sacrifice on the cross. St. Paul writes, “It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). To the extent that we are crucified with Jesus, we can be the light of the world due to his living in us. Truly, God’s light shines in us and out of us if we let Jesus into our hearts. This ability is certainly one of God’s most profound graces.
Lord Jesus, dwell in the deepest center of our souls so that we can glorify You in our good works. Let the light that you have given to the world shine forth in us. Help us to avoid the pride that we emanate when we consider our good works to be only ours and not yours. Lead everyone to your divine life through the mercy and the humility of the Catholic Church. Amen.