Monday, September 02, 2013

Children of the Light

By Beth DeCristofaro

For all of you are children of the light and children of the day. ... For God did not destine us for wrath, but to gain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live together with him. Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, as indeed you do.  (1 Thessalonians 5: 5, 9-11)

He taught them on the Sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching because he spoke with authority. In the synagogue there was a man with the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out in a loud voice, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? (Luke 4:31-34)

One thing I ask of the LORD; this I seek: To dwell in the LORD’s house all the days of my life, To gaze on the LORD’s beauty, to visit his temple.  (Psalm 27:4)

This past weekend I attended the inspiring profession of Final Vows by our friend and Cursillista, Sr. Mary Clark.   Reading Paul’s words bring the joyful Mass and ritual to mind as the Benedictine community joined by Mary’s friends and family celebrated not only Mary’s deep commitment to God but also the reality that we are, indeed, children of the light, children of the day.

Back in his day, Pope Gregory drew on deep faith and intellectual abilities to shed light on faith through writing and teaching.  He is especially known for his contributions to the liturgy of the Mass and the Office.  As a monk himself, Gregory founded several monasteries including a Benedictine one in his own home. 

The nuns in Bristow answer the question put to Jesus in the Gospel “What have you to do with us, Jesus?” by saying, “I am yours, first, foremost and for the rest of my life, Lord.”  I am sure that Gregory and the rest of the communion of Saints rejoiced along with us as we built one another up in sharing Eucharist.   By building up our community and renewing ourselves in the sacred liturgy, we go forth and act as children of the light in a world often shaded in darkness.


“What do you have to do with me, Jesus of Nazareth?”  What is our answer though our piety, study and action?  We make such choices every day.  On a personal level, where do I spend my money?  In a societal way do I support efforts to insure every child has enough food and access to health?  On a global level do I condone response to crises through violence or in dialogue?  Write a letter today and mail it to the appropriate person, leader or institution supporting someone or an issue that amplifies the light of Christ in the world. 

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