FR. ANDREW WRITES:-
Much has been made of the ‘special relationship’ between America and the UK in these last few days. Pictures have been sent all over the world of Mrs May and President Trump. Those images light up TV and computer screens.
The media are happy showing these images. These images have a powerful impact. It raises an interesting question. How do people want to be seen?
What image do they want to show? The right one of course, but what might that be?
One view is the practical part…
‘Share your bread with the hungry, and shelter the homeless poor, clothe the man you see to be naked and do not turn from your own kin.’ The prophet Isaiah says in the first reading today.
Faith is brought out in action, those simple actions and gestures of service. It is those things that people will be judged on. They don’t have to be trumpeted about, but rather done quietly and simply. The night shelter project here is a great example of this. Parishioners from various parishes quietly preparing food, serving, clearing up, talking to the homeless week by week. Those actions when done in faith will be seen by God if no one else. ‘And your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.’ (Matt 6:6: 18). It is because those actions are done in faith that they do bring light however small that may seem. ‘In the same way your light must shine…so that seeing your good works, they may give praise to your Father in heaven.’ So paradoxically the light can still be seen in those things. The light has come! We celebrated the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple on Friday with lit candles. A celebration of light and life.
All those actions flow from that ‘special relationship’ which each of us is called to have with God. So ‘let your light shine’!