[homily for our students finishing seventh grade]
You are the light of the world. (Matthew 5:14)
Lord Jesus says this to us. Clear as day, He said it. He said this during His famous Sermon on the…
We are the light of the world.
But, wait a minute, Lord. Didn’t You say that You are the light of the world?
Didn’t the Lord Jesus say that He is the light of the world? Clear as day, He did. “I am the light of the world.” John 8:12. Also John 9:5.
Who is the light of the world, then? The Son of God? Or us?
Christ, the High Priest of creation. Christ, Who makes existing mean something. Who spread out His arms on the Holy Cross as a declaration: Truth and love will conquer. This earth is not just a mess of atoms, or a tragic chaos arcing toward smelly putrescence. No. This earth will have an eternal springtime. And the dew on the grass will be the light of God.
Christ’s High Priesthood means that His light shines through us, since we are His ministers, priests of the cosmos with Him.
Soon you dear young people will enter high school. But you are already priests of the most-high God. Because you can offer yourselves, everything you are, everything you experience, everything you hope for from the future—you can offer it all to God as a pure sacrifice. And when we offer ourselves in union with the Son of God, the Father receives the sacrifice with infinite pleasure.
After all, what does the divine Son offer to the Father? Everything—everything, suffused with death-conquering hope. We can offer that, too.
When we live, and move, and have our being in God, we offer everything to Him, just like Jesus. And this holy sacrifice of ours—Jesus’, and ours—it lights the world with a brilliance greater than a thousand suns.