“You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.“
I have read this passage innumerable times in my life and always took it at face value–live your faith and be a bold witness. I have to be honest, I attend a parish where this is very easy to do. The overall culture there is one that promotes continued growth in faith and virtue. To be frank, it is easy to be a light among myriad candles. The real challenge is to stay lit once we leave the church building. To only be Catholic on Sundays is tantamount to keeping your lamp under a bushel basket.
In reference to our faith, keep in mind the function of a lighthouse:
Lighthouses mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals, reefs, and safe entries to harbors…. Once widely used, the number of operational lighthouses has declined due to the expense of maintenance and use of electronic navigational systems.
In that vein, we too are designed to bring His Light to the world through the Church and the Sacraments and lead others to His Divine Mercy. It is our duty to understand that spiritual hazards are very real and to realize that to ignore them is dangerous.
The media would have us believe that Christianity is on the decline and is slowly replacing the traditional “moral compass” with a “progressive” worldview.
Brothers in Christ, I challenge each of you to remain a beacon for Christ. Continue the struggle to win hearts to Christ….starting with your own. Spend time with Him. Get to know Him. Let Him fill your heart with His Light of Truth and share it with charity and humility. Be a lighthouse.