I love the play “Godspell”. I love the music. And yes, I know that I am a child of the ’70’s but I could play that music over and over and over. One of the songs is Light of the World. “You are the light of the world”. Sorry, you’re going to have to listen to it.
We are the light of the world. If we don’t shine for all the world to see, then what in the world are we doing here? I ask you, what?
We are a reflection of all that we see and hear and learn and know. And as a light of the world then we shine all of that for the world to see. If we are not confident in who we are and what we know then it’s real easy to put that light under a bushel and then “it’s lost something kind of crucial”. We have got to let that light shine, we just have to.
Today is the Feast of the Epiphany. Used to, the Feast of the Epiphany was celebrated on January 6th. I can understand why it now is celebrated between January 1st & 6th. It is important to be celebrated as a full community and the best way to do that is at Sunday Mass. This is the day of gift giving. There are those who wait until the Feast of the Epiphany to exchange gifts. I thought it would be cool to offer spiritual gifts today. So today I pray for my friends and family so that they will experience peace and good health. I also offer prayers of peace for our world.
Fr. Darrell talked about the Feast of the Epiphany being a feast of light. And the readings today seemed to concentrate on the Star of Bethlehem. I love stars. Can you imagine being an amateur astronomer and seeing this star that is new to the sky? Can you imagine going back into your notes of all the stars in the sky and realizing that this star had never been in the sky before? Can you imagine going to your stargazing friends and conferring with them and then all of you decide that you need to scope this out? Can you imagine?
Well, we have all been tapped to follow that star, haven’t we? We have been trained to take our notes and confer with our friends and to scope out what was in the sky so many years ago. And we have been tapped to spread that light wherever we can. I’m not talking about preaching about it, I’m talking about living it. We know how to live to share that light. We just have to do it.
When I was looking at this day I found that today is the Feast of the Epiphany but it is also the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. It is also the feast day of Pope St. Antherus, St. Genevieve, St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara, St. Odilo of Cluny, St. Athanasius of Cilicia, St. Bertilia of Mareuil, St. Fintan of Doon, St. Gordius of Cappadocia, St. Theogenes of Cyzicus, Blessed William Vives, St. Zosimus of Cilicia, Blessed Arnold Wala, St. Bertille of Thuringia, St. Blitmund of Bobbio, St. Cyrinus of Cyzicus, St. Daniel of Padua, St. Eustadius, St. Finlugh, St. Florentius of Vienne, St. Florentius of Vienne the Martyr, Blessed Gerard Cagnoli, St. Lucian of Lentini, St. Melorius, St. Munchin of Limerick, St. Primus of Cyzicus, St. Salvator of Belluno, St. Theonas, St. Theopemptus of Nicomedia, St. Wenog, Martyrs of Africa, Martyrs of Tomi, Blitmund of Saint-Valery, Daniel Himmerod the Younger, Hymnemodus of Saint-Maurice, and Imbenia.
The thing about all of these people is that they took the message that they were the light of the world to heart. They took their knowledge and their love of their faith and proclaimed it for all of the world to see. So even though they lived between 235 AD and 1871 AD they let their light shine and it is still shining for all of the world to see. If not, why would we care that today is their feast day?
You are the light of the world, you are the salt of the earth, you are the City of God, but “you’ve got to live right to be the light of the world”. So is it time that you took after the wise men and the saints that have come before us and let your light shine? Is this the year for you? I think it could be.