Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for March 19, 2023

Reflection for March 19, 2023

This little light of mine

We  shine  brightest when we take Jesus to heart

by Sister Francis Bangert

The invitation given to us in the Entrance Antiphon for this Fourth Sunday in Lent is “ Rejoice. Be joyful all who were in mourning.” And the following Scripture passages give us reason to rejoice.

“I am the light of the world — whoever follows me will have the light of life,” Jesus says in the Gospel Acclamation.

In the Book of Samuel we are reminded that humans see life differently than God sees. Humans judge by appearances — God sees into the heart. So David, the youngest of Jesse’s sons and least likely to be eligible for kingship according to human standards, is anointed king of Israel.

In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians we learn that growth in faith is a process, a movement from darkness to light, from fruitless works to works of goodness, righteousness, and truth. It is Jesus, the Light who leads us to a new, richer, deeper vision of life’s journey.

Finally, John’s Gospel relates the story of a man, blind from birth, who meets Jesus who heals him. While his physical blindness is an external darkness, in his heart, he lives in the light — he “sees” Jesus; he believes in Jesus’ power to heal. On the other hand, it is the Pharisees, the teachers of the Law of Moses, presumably the enlightened who are blind.

Jesus IS the light of the world. We, his followers, have cause for rejoicing to live in that light … to see with the heart; to strengthen a relationship with Him, yielding the works of light and building the city of God.

How might you let Jesus’ light shine through you so that as we again sing the Easter Alleluia it will be truly from the heart?

  • Promote the work of local shelters: financially, as meal providers, as a volunteer in other capacities
  • Visit a resident in a nursing home who receives no visitors
  • Participate in events that broaden your understanding of differences
  • In conversations, set aside partisanship and hostility in the search for truth
  • Treat those with disabilities with respect, dignity, gentleness
  • Examine and change your attitudes if necessary, to treat with respect those whose skin color, language, customs, religious practices differ from yours
  • Compliment the goodness you see in another
  • Provide snow removal for a neighbor in need
  • Keep a song in your heart

         This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. 
         This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. 
         This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
         Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.


03/17/2023 7:56 am

Fran, thank you for the gentle reminder to share Jesus with the world we live in.


03/17/2023 9:12 am

I like all the practical suggestions here. And the song is a perfect fit for this Sunday. Thank you!

03/17/2023 9:14 am

"..Light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth." [Eph. 5:9; Sunday's Second Reading]

Sr. Fran's reflection, including so many ways for us to "shine our light," reminds me of a recent family get-together. My adult children were gathered 'round the kitchen table recalling memories of their childhood - which of course, included me, as their mother (for better or for worse :) ) - while the grankids played in another area of the house.

Some of the stories that were being shared I had not remembered until one of my kids "brought them to light."

In their re-telling of the events and happenings as they recalled them, it was as though a "new light" was shining into the "darkness of my mind," revealing to me, how each account had fashioned and formed my child/

children in ways I would not have known if my children were not re-telling the stories as each one did.

It was a "new revelation" of Psalm 139 -- How God, and God Alone, "sees," "knows," and understands each one of us so completely, so deeply, so whole-heartedly. The minute details of our very psyche and personality -- God "knows" all this in ways no human being can. Yet, in the sharing of our stories, we reveal to each and every other the "truth" of our lives and our life-experience. And we find a wonder-filled commonality in it all.

The story of the man born blind gaining "new sight" reveals to us a similar kind of story. His parents had only known him to "live in darkness." The experience of him "gaining new sight" and being able to "live in the light" because of his encounter with JESUS, was something "new" and "different" for them, as it was for him, too.

Francis, too, prayed for enlightenment before the Crucifix:

"Most High, glorious God,

enlighten the darkness of my heart and give me true faith, certain hope, and perfect charity,

sense and knowledge, Lord, that I may carry out Your holy and true command. Amen."

Living in the Times that we do, it is good to include Francis' prayer-of-the-heart into our daily prayer routine.

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