3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Pius X | News
24 Jan 2020

Matthew compares the arrival of Jesus on the scene to the coming of a great light to a people who had been living in deep darkness.  He saw Jesus as fulfilling the great prophecy of Isaiah: ‘The people that lived in darkness have seen a great light; on those who dwell in the land and shadow of death a light has dawned.’  In order to appreciate a light, one must be conscious of one’s darkness, and desire to escape from it.  One must realize one’s need to change and want to change.  Before people seek redemption, things must go badly for them.  They must have experienced the darkness of sorrow and disappointment. Then they are ripe for the light of salvation.  This is why Jesus began his preaching with the message: ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.’  To repent is to admit to the darkness in which we are living, and to open ourselves to the light.  We show our repentance by a new way of living.  To be saved is to have come out of darkness into the light. Each of us has areas of darkness in our lives – fear, illness, pain, sin, guilt, loneliness and so on.  Society too has its dark areas.  Hence our need for the light of Christ.  Though the light comes as a friend, it also disturbs because it shows up what is wrong. But the light of Jesus did not come to judge us, but to save us, to show us the way to God’s kingdom.  Each of us can be sources of light to a darkened world.  There is great joy in being in the light.  And there is an even greater joy in being a source of light to others.