No one after lighting a lamp hides it under a jar, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light. Then pay attention to how you listen; for to those who have, more will be given; and from those who do not have, even what they seem to have will be taken away.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
On this feast of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, popularly known as Padre Pio, Luke’s gospel is fitting: Those who hear God’s word must respond and become a light to others. Padre Pio is a superb example of one who responded to God’s word by dedicating himself to alleviating the suffering of others. In so doing, he lived as a light to others. The Franciscan Friar became famous for having the visible stigmata and was also known as a wonderful confessor and a holy priest. He lived a life of prayer, charity, and suffering.
One might think, “well if I had the stigmata like Padre Pio maybe I would be more willing to be vocal about my faith” or “if I were a priest it would be a lot easier to be a light to others.” But Jesus enjoins all his followers to live lives of holiness. Jesus directs us to listen closely to God’s word and to let our light of faith shine.
What stops me from sharing my faith with others? Do my actions reflect my desire to be a light to others?
—Sharron Deax Hanisch earned an MA in theology from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (formerly Weston Jesuit School of Theology). She is the mother of four children and a teacher at the School of Lectio Divina, St. Joseph Monastery, Tulsa, OK
Sometimes it is hard to comprehend that you have your hand on me so I can lend my hand to others. I know that no day is ordinary or pointless. Regardless of how it may appear, I am needed this day. I have a sacred mission to bring a little more hope, a little more kindness, and the awareness to others of their value and their distinct contributions in this day. Loving God, help us see the truth in the words of Saint Teresa of Avila:
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team