This is what I wrote for the second journal assignment of my Creative Writing class.
Matthew 5:14-16 says, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven.”
The metaphor “You are the light of the world” strikes me like a hammer. Most of the light that we experience comes form a source, that source being the sun. In a way, we could be compared to the light rays from the sun. God is the sun, and we are his beams of light that he sends out to pierce the darkest corners, bringing light to those who live in darkness. This is an important duty, and can be very difficult at times. But just like light finds its way into the most unlikely of places, so should we. Squeezing ourselves into the smallest corner, reflecting of the dullest surface, so that every square centimeter is lit, that should be our goal. In this way, we can then be the “light of the world” in its truest sense.
Disce Ferenda Pati – Learn to endure what must be borne