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  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.  Neither do
men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a lamp stand; and it giveth light
unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see
your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
(Matthew 5: 14-16)

                                          Let Your Light Shine

Jesus tells us to let our light shine before everyone so they may see our good
works. Doesn't that sound like we may be a bit boastful in letting everyone see our
good works? But, then Jesus continues, ...and glorify your Father which is in
heaven.

Metaphysically, light is higher consciousness or intelligence. Heaven represents the
spiritual realm.  

Since these verses came directly after the Beatitudes, Jesus is telling us that in
order to be of the heavenly realm, we do good works which are the nine beatitudes
beginning with blessed; good works that everyone will see.

The blessed, good works are: Humility, penitence, meekness, spiritual longing,
mercy, pure heart, peacemaking, and persecution for the Lord's sake.
Let us learn these good works well so that we can glorify our Father in heaven.

                                                   Let it SHINE!
LETTING  YOUR LIGHT SHINE
J. Sue Gagliardi,
Chaplain
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