After Dark Times, We Must Still Let Our Light Shine
Within the many parables, throughout the Gospels, Jesus uses simple language, comparisons and imagery from everyday life to explain the mystery of the Kingdom of God in a way that enables it to be understood by everyone. As a Catholic primary school teacher, I have the great joy of witnessing the parables continue to engage our young people as they discover meaning from the Word and are continuously inspired to live their lives in the footsteps of Jesus.
As we navigate unchartered waters during a global pandemic, there has never been a more important time to reflect on the Word of Jesus, heard by the large crowds as he sat in a boat by the lake thousands of years ago.
Amidst the darkness of the pandemic, there has certainly been bright rays of light shining throughout our communities.
Our hearts have all been warmed by wonderful acts of kindness in our local area and around the world. As a society we have displayed enormous generosity and a distinct care for others, we have even exhibited the ability to change the way we live in order to protect the most vulnerable in our community.
Our personal and communal responses to life during and after the darkness of the pandemic resonates in the parable of the sower. There are those who hear about the great acts of kindness but do not feel the need to act. Those who receive the heart-warming stories with joy and say they will do something, but never quite get around to it.
As restrictions begin to lift, it is easy to forget these moments of light that have kept us united. So let us make a commitment to sow the seeds on good soil and to continue to be strong in our faith and our actions. Let us continue the acts of kindness and a distinct care for ourselves and others by showing unwavering compassion to the most vulnerable in our community. As we come out of these dark times, it is important that we continue to let our light shine, in a way that will show God that we fully understand the Word. In doing so, we will produce crop that multiples and continue to spread the Good News throughout a world that really needs some.