DEVOTION 1
Tuesday; March 24, 2020
Ye are the light of the world!
Ye are the light of the world.
A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.    
Neither do men light a lamp
and put it under a  bushel, but on a lamp stand;
and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.    
Let your light so shine before men,
that they may see your good works,
and glorify your Father which is in heaven.   

Jefferson Bible Reading
Chapter 2:17-19
Letting Your Light Shine
Jesus tells us to let our light shine before everyone so they may see our good works.

Doesn't that sound like we may be a bit boastful in letting everyone see our good works?  But, then
Jesus continues, "...
and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

Metaphysically, light is higher consciousness or intelligence. Heaven represents the spiritual realm.

Since these verses came directly after the Beatitudes, Jesus is telling us that in order to be of the
heavenly realm, we do "good works" which are the nine beatitudes beginning with, "Blessed,"  the "good
works" that everyone will see.

These are:
Humility, penitence, meekness, spiritual longing, mercy, pure heart, peacemaking, and persecution for
the Lord's sake.

(Keeping a smiling countenance doesn't hurt either).

Let us learn these "good works" well so that we can glorify our Father in heaven. Let it SHINE!
From: "You are the Light of the World"
By Archbishop Cyril Salim Bustros

What does mean “to glorify God”, or “to give glory to your Father who is in heaven”? To glorify God
means to be the living proof in this world of the existence of God. God is not someone, some “big
brother”, who lives outside the world. He is present in this world; He is the Holy transcendent dimension
of this world. That is the profound meaning of the Incarnation. “The Holy, the Son of God” (Luke 1:35),
“the Word of God, who ‘was in the beginning with God”, He “through whom all things were made”, He in
whom “was life, and the life was the light of he world” (John 1: 1-4), came “to dwell among us” (John 1:14)
to “make his home with us” (John 14: 23).

By our holy deeds we manifest his presence. There is a difference between “the existence” and “the
presence”.  To the atheists who don’t believe in God, we cannot prove the “existence” of God
somewhere in the sky, but we can manifest his “presence” in us by our holy deeds. We are called to be
the continuation of the Incarnation. In Him Who is the Son of God we also become sons of God, in Him
who is the light of the world we become the light of the world. We are responsible of manifesting the
presence of God in this world. There is a permanent battle between atheism and faith, between
darkness and light. And in this battle, the destiny of the world depends on us. God has overcome
darkness when He created the world, as we read in the first chapter of the Book of Genesis “In the
beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland, and
darkness covered the abyss, while a might wind swept over the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be
light’, and there was light” (1:1-3).”
For this day with its light,
For rest and safety through the night,
For food and health; for kith and kin,
For all the grace you may send;
We thank you Eternal ONE!
Amen