Scripture Reflection – Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (11-12th of November)
After a child or adult is Baptised our attention is focused on the Paschal Candle which represents the Light of Christ shining in our midst. The Godparents light the Baptism Candle and the priest says, “Receive the light of Christ, this light is entrusted to you to be kept burning brightly. This child/adult has been enlightened by Christ. He/She is to walk always as a child of the Light. May he/she keep the flame of faith alive in his/her heart….” (The Rite of Baptism)
We are to keep the flame of Christ burning brightly in our lives. We have been enlightened by Christ. In other words, we are to be light bears of Christ to others. It is not a monumental task: showing patience to another rather than becoming irritable; trying to be more understanding of another’s viewpoint bu stopping and listening to them; being less demanding to being more accepting and self-giving. And so, the list can go one.
We all need the Light of Christ in our lives. The care, comfort and consideration shown to us enlivens our hearts and affirms our being. There are those who live in the darkness of depression. We are aware of the work of organisations such as Beyondblue, Reachout Australia and Life Line. They help people at the extreme point. However, we can help people in the everyday by letting the Light of Christ that we have been entrusted with shine into the hearts of those we meet each day.