Tell in the light
“What I tell you in the dark, tell in the light, and what you hear in your ears, proclaim on the roofs”
this is my first post and like every first time there is a certain emotion… “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen 1:1). Each of us can create something, by God’s gift, and participate in His creative work. In the end I became convinced that I had to somehow bring out the talent I had received, but it was not easy to overcome my natural reluctance.
Jesus invites us first of all to humility, and then tells us that He is the light of the world
and that we too are this same light of the world, like a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden. He speaks of our light that should shine before others and of the good works that the disciples must do so that men may glorify our Father, who is in heaven. He invites us to hidden prayer, and to be careful not to practice our righteousness before men, to be seen by them. Yet it also urges to proclaim the Gospel to the ends of the earth. He gives the example of the yeast that must leaven everything, of the salt that has lost its taste and it is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. And He says again: “If these will keep silent, the stones will cry out” (Luke 19:40).
Jesus invites us to speak in the “light”, out in the open, transparently and frankly, and even to go up to the roof to announce what he has just whispered to us in the darkness. The messengers of the Gospel should be like this: they have nothing to do with the secrets, deceptions, hypocrisies, utilitarian calculations and diplomatic methods of this world. The messengers of the Gospel have transparent relationships with others and clearly announce a clear message. The simple and luminous message of Jesus, a message that is light and must be said in light, a message that is peace and love. The message of Jesus is a Gospel, which is good news. Some people do not accept it because the enemy steals the words sown in their hearts. Other people do not accept it because we Christians are incoherent and what we preach does not sound like “good news”, because of the historical and contemporary contradictions of the church and each of us. We are not capable of proposing Jesus to others as He is. Instead, we propose Him filtered through our categories, institutions, theologies that have become more important than God Himself, and our obsolete ecclesiastical garments…. For this reason, if we want to obey God and “tell in the light” His message, our main commitment must be to go to the heart of it, to prune it from the rust accumulated over the centuries and with simplicity, without proselytism, to propose it to others.
Lord of light, you who are light,
make all our proclamations always and only light,
so that something of you, even through us,
can reach our brothers and sisters.