Let Your Heart Shine!
Let Your Heart Shine!
Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me. I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness. (John 12:44-46)
What makes the Easter Vigil so rich and meaningful is its solemn celebration which filled with signs and symbols. The celebration begins with is the blessing of the fire and preparation of the Easter candle. The priest cuts the candle with a stylus and says, “Christ yesterday and today, the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega, All time belongs to him and all the ages to him be glory and power through every age and for ever Amen.” Light is an important symbol and theme, especially in the Gospel of John. It is no wonder that during Easter the color for vestments and altar coverings is white. White is the color that best reflects light. Because of light, we can see. Because of light, plants and animals grow. Because of the light of Jesus, the truth is revealed to us. Jesus came into the world as light. He came as a witness to the love of the Father. That was His mission. Through His words and his life, the will of the Father and the love of the Father were made manifest. We, who have been baptized into the life of the Risen Jesus, have been called to be witnesses to the Gospel and, ultimately, to God's love.
How can I be a reflection of Jesus, the light, to my surroundings today?
I want to walk as a child of the light / I want to follow Jesus / God sent the stars to give light to the world / The star of my life is Jesus / In Him there is no darkness at all / The night and the day are both alike / The Lamb is the light of the city of God / Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus / I want to see the brightness of God / I want to look at Jesus / Clear Sun of Righteousness, shine on my path / And show me the way to the Father / In Him there is no darkness at all / The night and the day are both alike / The Lamb is the light of the city of God / Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus / I'm looking for the coming of Christ / I want to be with Jesus / When we have run with patience the race / We shall know the joy of Jesus / In Him there is no darkness at all / The night and the day are both alike / The Lamb is the light of the city of God / Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus / Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus. (I Want To Walk As A Child Of The Light Lyrics by Kathleen Thomerson)
O Blessed Mother Mary, perfect reflection of Christ's light, intercede for me and for those who is walking in darkness of sin, I pray, Hail Mary full of grace…
Peace in Risen Christ,
Father Vincent-Vuong Nguyen.
Fr. Vincent Nguyen
on Wednesday, May 15 at 8:10AM