Jesus said to his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”
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In this Sunday’s Gospel reading, Jesus gives us an allegory that tells us something we all long to hear: you matter. In a world where it’s easy to feel invisible or ordinary, Jesus lovingly reminds us that we shouldn’t feel this way. God created us to be seen and heard and to change the world. Knowing this truth, we shouldn’t hide or discredit ourselves. We shouldn’t be afraid to share our light and our flavor with those around us. It doesn’t matter if you shine so bright that the whole world sees you or if your light illuminates one person’s heart. Your purpose is greater than you think. You are crucial to preventing the darkness from overcoming the world. No one else can shine your light for you, so it’s crucial that you don’t give in to fear or distress and that you continue to shine. Think of any individual that you could run into during your daily routine. You might be the only way that person encounters Jesus on that day. It’s possible that someone might desperately need Christ’s love and they can only get it from you. In that scenario, would you hide your light or let it shine? In other words, would you do what God created you to do? Don’t wait for a certain time, a certain place, a certain person, or a certain feeling. The beloved child of God right in front of you is a good enough reason to let your light shine.