I have a buddy with red hair who works real hard, and succeeds, at being the light. He will often text or email “Be the light!” It’s like he’s a natural.
Let me tell you, it’s not natural for me. Is it for you?
Hard or easy, Red is right, be the light!
Here’s Jesus: “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.” (Matthew 5:16 ESV)
Jesus is the light (remember, it’s Epiphany – today is day 3 of 12 in the season) and he indwells us so we can be the light, just like my buddy likes to exclaim.
There are many ways to be the light, but the first is to love people more than judge them.
Let’s look for ways to love people that don’t seem so lovable to us. In this way we too can be the light. In the accumulation of all our little lights there can come a glow. That’s kind of like what I think the Magi saw, the collective glow from the angels giving glory to God. That got the Magi moving westward, but they will see light again. See, they’re not quite half way to Judea yet, so stay tuned.
In the meantime, be the light! In this way, Jesus says, we glorify the Father.