Let Your Light Shine!
In the daily office lectionary, the Gospel reading for today is the beginning of Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, which we read together back in February. In this sermon, Jesus teaches that we are “the light of world” and invites us to “let our light shine before others, so that they may see our good works and give glory to our Father in heaven” (Matt 5:16). As we blessed Redeemer Preschool a few Sundays ago, I especially enjoyed singing “This Little Light of Mine, I’m Gonna Let It Shine” with Bishop Marc Andrus and all of you. Part of the mission of the Redeemer Community is to embody the love of God in San Rafael and the world. In other words, our mission is to let the little light of Redeemer shine! Last night, the Bishop’s Committee met to discuss many important business matters and, at the end of our meeting, we prayed that God’s love may continue to radiate out from Redeemer to the neighborhood, to Marin, and to the whole world. Indeed, our world is in desperate need of light and love and we help manifest a divine healing salve to the world every time we gather. As author Marianne Williamson wrote, “We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us…And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Let us continue to shine the little light of Redeemer by living into the freedom found in our belovedness because by doing so, we contribute to the healing and liberation of the world.