December 31, 2020

Back in my younger years, my family visited the bioluminescent bay called “La Parguera” in Lajas, Puerto Rico. I was fascinated by the fact that the waters of the bay would light up at night. Water emitting light! I could not grasp the concept that water could emit light. I have seen water all of my life, and none before did that; therefore, that water must have been very special. I remember my dad explaining that it was not the water itself lighting up, but what was “in” the water, microscopic organisms generating light via biological processes. I could not see the microorganisms doing that, but I could see the end result of their effort… Light!

What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1:4-5).

I want to be able to see Christ in us, his people. It is part of our calling. When I see the good and the faithful acting out his love for us, I see Christ’s light actively overcoming darkness. Like John, we testify to the light.

For those who do not know Jesus, the light of his love shining in his faithful must be a mystery. Like my father did for me, we must explain that it is not our own light, but that it comes from the one that loves us. The light shines whenever we share from Christ’s banquet, whenever we share of his love, his hope, and his faith. We are to do this Just so, your light shines before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father” (Matthew 5:16).

Are our lives faithfully shining Christ’s light today?

Let Us Pray:

Lord, your love for us is ever-present, and you know us perfectly well. Help us to be your light in this world. Help us to let your love for us be readily apparent, that the ones seeking you may also come to know you through your actions in our lives. Amen.


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About Rick Hernandez

Rick is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament at Saint Vincent dePaul Church in Holiday, Florida.