My first travel to Cebu was through an overnight sea trip. When the boat reached far off the coast, I saw nothing but flickering lights that had come from islets or bancas of fishermen, the stars and the moon. That scene always fascinates me, giving me profound appreciation both on the light and the darkness. I thought back then the purpose of a flickering light in darkness that comes from a small banca of a fisherman for his catch and also for other fishermen to be a guide in determining the distance and proper position for a catch.
In today’s gospel, Jesus Christ talks about the light set in our life. We believe that ultimately, God is our source of light. We share from His light not just for ourselves but more so for others. That we all be led to his light through our witnessing of the gospel of Jesus. To live out the light given to us by God would mean to live in truth, in accordance to His will and for our salvation.
As a priest-in-process, the challenge is so real! I always ask myself this question: Have I been a light that God had wanted me to be? To be a light entails truthfulness, sincerity, and total reflection of the light of God to all. I have to embrace the challenge by constant discerning in everything in actions and words and in relating to all members of the community. Bearing in mind that I may become a light of Christ for all those who are part of the formation process.
I cannot do these on my own, that is why I constantly ask the help of the Holy Spirit, who dwells in the depths of my heart, where I believe that the light from God also set upon me since Baptism. The Holy Spirit will continue to set this light in me shine and enflame!
By Sem. Carmelo Pocdol
Jesus said to his disciples,
“Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket
or under a bed,
and not to be placed on a lampstand?
For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible;
nothing is secret except to come to light.
Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear.”
He also told them, “Take care what you hear.
The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you,
and still more will be given to you.
To the one who has, more will be given;
from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”