Pick Up The Match – Good News for June 9

9 06 2009

Matthew 5:13-16

Jesus said to his disciples, “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.”

The Daily Path: Before my light could begin to “shine before others” it had to be turned on. God placed the matches on the table before me, but it was a long time until I understood how to pick one up and strike it against the flint. Then, once it was finally lit, I needed help to keep it burning. A breeze seems to always be blowing looking to extinguish God’s light, so I had to find a wind screen. God provided that calm by leading me to my local Catholic community at St. Monica’s. Here I could find respite in the storm raging around me and gather strength to continue drawing closer to God. I could also see the light burning in others around me. My own little match seemed to grow larger in the company of other light.

Still, I needed fuel to allow my match to keep burning and grow stronger. God gave me that fuel by opening my eyes to the Good News of Christ. Reading the Gospel on a daily basis has helped me no end. It nurtures the light (love) inside. Scripture not only shows me the way home, it also keeps my flame alive so that each day it will continue to grow stronger and brighter despite the gale winds that surround me. 

But it all starts by picking up one of God’s matches that sit on the table before each of us.

Room to Chat: Light your match today so you can shine and illuminate the way home for yourself and others on the journey.