Faith, God

Jesus the Light of the World

Last Friday, my wife and I attended a talk by Charles Whitehead, a renowned UK evangelist who came to Singapore with his wife, Sue, to give a talk in the Year of Faith. One of the points I remembered Sue mentioned was that we are jars of clay with the treasure of Christ within us. This is not the first time I heard this analogy, and I always imagined myself as a brown clay jar, those types that you see in shops, with a candle within symbolising Christ that you could see only if you looked into the jar from the top. Sue mentioned, however, that the clay jar that we actually are (or are meant to be) had holes, which would allow the light (of Christ) within to emit outwards into the darkness. It is our responsibility to maintain the holes, ensuring that we are in close relationship with Jesus through frequent participation in the Sacraments of the Holy Eucharist and Reconciliation. The imagery also lets me fully understand what Jesus meant when he says we are to be the light within the world. We are not the light. Only He is the light. We are but the vessels. This revelation reminded me of the need for humility. For we are nothing but the creation of God, who loves us so much to give us His Son, Jesus, to save us. GRACE which we can remember as “God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense” is given to each of us freely, whether good or bad, and it is our response that matters. Can we make an effort to let the light of Christ shine into the places we live, play and work, so that God’s love is revealed to others?

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