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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Mt 5: 14-16)

This passage is read on the feast of the Three Holy Hierarchs, Sts. Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom, celebrated today (NC). They “let” the “light of the world,” Christ (Jn 8: 12), “so shine” through them, that it lit up the lives of all who encountered them.

When I choose to “let” Christ light up my life, connecting with Him in my heart, I can also be of service to others, shining love onto hatred, forgiveness onto wrong, harmony onto discord, hope onto despai...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Mt 5: 14-16)

Who? Us?! I can just imagine our Lord’s followers, the men and women to whom He said these words, looking behind them and each of them thinking, “He can’t mean me.” But Christ did mean them. And in our day, He means us, His followers in the today, when He says, “You are the light of the world.”

So I need not hide today, nor hesitate to “shine before men,” as outrageous as that may sound to me. Because our Lord tells all of us to do so, in His light, which has become ours in baptism. Let m...

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Shine, shine (Φωτίζου, φωτίζου, Светися, светися), O New Jerusalem, for the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. Dance now and be glad, O Sion, and you rejoice, pure Mother of God, at the arising of Him to Whom you gave birth.” (Paschal Canon, Irmos of Ode 9)

Here are some fun facts about this well-known hymn of our Paschal services. It begins by paraphrasing the words of Isaiah 60: 1, according to the Septuagint: “Shine, shine, O Jerusalem (Φωτίζου, φωτίζου, Ιερουσαλημ),” says Isaiah, “for your light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.” The hymn is referring these words to the “new” Jerusalem or Sion, – the Church, – in other words, all of us.

And finally the hymn addresses yet another image of the Church, the Mother of God. She classically signifies the Church, because...

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