A HOMILY FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “A” – 2/9/20 – SMG
+ Pax et Bonum! Peace and goodness to you this day!
I don’t know if I can say that I’ve met too many people who love the dark. Maybe vampires and flashlight salesmen. But for most of us, being in the dark, just makes everything more difficult. I think it’s one of the reasons why it’s so nice to see the days already starting to get longer, with the sun rising earlier and setting later. We were not made for the dark. And I think these dark winter months prove it. Darkness is a challenge for us. Our eyes weren’t meant to see things in the dark. And so, we get up in the middle of the night, and we stub our toe on things that we can’t see. Or we drop our keys on the ground outside at night, and we can’t find them without a flashlight, or unless we wait until the sun comes up. Or let the power go out for several hours in your home, in the evening. There’s just not much to do in the darkness, besides going to bed, unless you have a bunch of candles or a couples of flashlights or phones.
No, we need light. We were created for light. Light makes life possible. This evening in our Gospel Jesus is talking about a different kind of darkness, not necessarily a physical darkness, but a spiritual darkness. And I think that all of us know a whole lot about that kind of darkness also. The spiritual darkness that Jesus is referring to, is much more a lack of hope, than it is a lack of light. We live in a dark world in 2020, not because the sun is less bright, or because we have fewer street lights, or because we have switched over to L.E.D. lightbulbs, we live in a darker world because there is less hope. So many have forgotten why we are here in this life in the first place, and what we are supposed to be doing, in this life, while we are living in this world. And when we lose that that direction of life, and when we are lacking a clear knowledge of what this life is supposed to be about, it’s the worst kind of darkness.
You and I , we know about this kind of darkness too. Far too many of our brothers and sisters, people we work with, people we go to school with, sometimes, even people we live under that same roof with, are affected by this kind of darkness. We have a lot of lost people today. And many of them don’t have any idea how much in darkness they really are. They are lost in the shadows of this world, and they can see, or feel, or experience, the light of God’s love.
And you see, that’s where you and I come in. You see, Jesus is right in our Gospel tonight. We are the light of the world! We are supposed to be the hope, the example, the role models for others! That’s right, US! There’s a world out there starving for our light. The world in 2020 desperately needs our hope. Christians, especially Catholic Christians, should be the most in-demand people there are, because we know for sure where this story is going! And we know, thanks to Jesus Christ, exactly what it is going to take to get there. And when you know that truth, when you know what things are really all about, well, that’s the light that we need to make it through this world and home to the next! It’s all about Jesus, and following Him, and bringing the powerful light of His Love to others, so that they will know the way too!
Our work isn’t over. It’s barely just begun! Let us be light for others. Let us be salt for the earth. Let us take every opportunity that we are given to show our world that Jesus’ way works! We can’t just tell them about it. But if we show them with our lives, then they’ll see the truth.
+ May God bless us as we strive to be Light and Hope for our world today, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit… AMEN !!!
St. Maria Goretti… Pray for us !!!