Light in the Ordinary

– Tuesday 10th week in Ordinary Time –

‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.’ [Matthew 5:14-15]

Wow!! These words are confronting and challenging.  In John, Jesus says, ‘I am the light of the world’ but here he tells us that we are the light of the world.  Sometimes I feel less like a light and more like a smouldering wick.  When I picture the ‘good works that give glory to my Father’ I struggle to reconcile this to my ordinary life.  But isn’t it salt that elevates the simple flavours of a dish, and doesn’t a lamp on a lampstand give light as a meal is shared and company is kept with those we love?  Even the light of a city on a hill is made up of the lights within each home and place of work.  Isn’t it the ordinary moments lived consistently with love that define us rather than the odd extraordinary moments of grace?


In our small daily deaths, as we push through weariness and as we live the ordinary, we’re invited to trust in a Saviour who will not snuff a smouldering wick and whose light within us gives life to every moment.  By opening our hearts to the light and warmth of his comfort and love, our light will also shine as we give kindness, comfort, love and presence through all the moments that make up our day. 

by Christine Da Costa

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