Live For Others; Let Your Light Shine

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As sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all men.” (Romans 5:12)

An adage says: “When oil touches one finger, it spreads to the others.” In other words, the evil of one person is capable of destroying others. In the same way, the good deed of one person is capable of saving the world. This is what St. Paul explains in today’s reading: “Just as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience, many will be made righteous.” (Romans 5:19).

Sin is like oil touching a finger; it spreads easily. When I sin, I don’t suffer alone; many also suffer directly and indirectly. This is why Jesus was warned: “Temptations to sin are sure to come; but woe to him by whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung round his neck and he were cast into the sea than he should cause one of these little ones to sin.” (Luke 17:1-2).

Every sin in society today started with just one person. In the same way, our world would be better if we let our light shine if we play our role as salt of the earth. Just as only a little salt is enough to make food sweet, a handful of good people can transform our society. Be good, not just for your sake, but for others.

Do not say: “It is my life; I can do whatever I want.” Of course, you are free, but think of the ripple effects of your actions. Consider that many are looking up to you. They would say: “If so and so can do this, why am I even trying to be good?” It is good to be good.

Even if no one is watching you or is affected by your evil deed, consider that you can be called to give an account of your life at any time. Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel passage: “Be dressed for action and have your lamps burning.” (Luke 12:35-37). In other words, “let your light shine at all times.” Live as if every day is your last.

Let us pray: Almighty, ever-living God, you gave your life for me, teach me to live not only for myself but for others. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Bible Study: Romans 5:12,15,17-21, Ps. 40:7-10,17, Luke 12:36-38).*

@Rev. Fr. Evaristus E. Abu


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