29. Jan, 2017

Time to Shine

TIME TO SHINE! (5th Sunday in Ordinary Time)


Just after Christmas we celebrated the Solemnity of the Epiphany. An epiphany is a moment of sudden and great revelation or realization. What we celebrate is the realisation that Christ is the light of the nations.

Now, it’s our turn to shine! This is our moment of epiphany, our moment of realisation. In the Sunday Missal it says that we all have our special gifts but sometimes we fail to recognise this. We may feel that we have little to offer others. That is never true. As Jesus says: 'You are the salt of the earth! You are the light of the world.' Let us ask Jesus to help us recognise our unique gifts and share them with others. In other words, we need an epiphany.

We all have powerful gifts, but these gifts are subtle. What makes us great in God’s sight is the love in our hearts working through faith. It is this love we receive from God that makes us salt of the earth. For example, priests read that beautiful passage from Isaiah at the very beginning of lent as it indicates how we should be living our lives. I have always found it challenging not to turn away from my own kin. It is only by faith that I can overcome my shyness. Faith in Jesus opens my/our hearts to others and makes me/us sharers in Christ’s love. In that unassuming way my/our lives shine like the dawn.

Heroic faith is subtle, hidden to most. St Paul has the most important message for us to hear. How do we become light, how do we become salt of the earth? It is always by relying on the power of God which becomes powerful precisely in our weakness. Even in the most difficult times of our life when we rely on God and walk with Jesus in faith, it is God’s power that manifests as it did on the Cross.

The power of love is the greatest power of all, but to harness it we must remain faithful to Christ through our keeping our hearts open to one each other, and God. Then in the darkness of suffering (maybe from the concerns that consume us or whatever it is playing on our minds, or weighing on our hearts) God’s power will break-into our lives and the light of Christ will shine.

We are called to be the salt of the earth, the light to the nations. We may think we have little to offer, but that is not so. It is our moment to realise this – our moment of epiphany. Courage, it’s simple and it is your time to shine. Just offer up your heart in faith to the Lord and his power will accomplish the rest.