9 May, Saturday — Light for the Nations

Saturday of 4th Week of Eastertide

Acts 13:44-52
John 14:7-14

“I have made you a light for the nations, so that my salvation may reach the ends of the earth.”

When I reflect upon the disciples of Jesus in the early Church history, I am put to shame. For the disciples were so brave in proclaiming the word of God. They had no fear of ridicule or shame in declaring their love for God to the point of martyrdom. Although there are little occasions where we would become martyrs like many saints were, we are still called to become saintly.

To become saintly doesn’t mean becoming perfect and sinless. With our human nature, that would be impossible. To be saintly means to love God with all our hearts, all our minds and all our souls. To want to do God’s will more than our own will. To become a light to the world, so that others may come to know Christ.  

This doesn’t mean we have to stand at a street corner and try to convert every passerby. What it does entail is for us to take risks and share the Gospel to others in need. It may be as simple as inviting someone to faith studies if he or she is searching. Or spending time with someone who is in need of comfort. A friend of mine has put this into practice. She has actively reached out to people on Zoom to connect and see if they are in need. She also started a Bible study group online. She is an inspiration for living the words of Jesus, becoming the light of the world so that His salvation may reach the ends of the earth. Let us all pattern ourselves like the disciples of Jesus, who loves Him above all else.

(Today’s OXYGEN by Winnie Kung)

Prayer: Dear Jesus, grant us the grace to become the light that You want us to be. Give us the strength, the wisdom to do God’s will and become saintly.  

Thanksgiving: Heavenly Father, thank you for calling us to be saints.  

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