Your light must shine before others

Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua

Saint Anthony is invoked most frequently for lost items, but he ought to be invoked for lost people.

Scriptures of the Day

Epistle: 2 Corinthians 1:18–2

Brothers and sisters:
As God is faithful, our word to you is not “yes” and “no.”
For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was proclaimed to you by us,
Silvanus and Timothy and me,
was not “yes” and “no,” but “yes” has been in him.
For however many are the promises of God, their Yes is in him;
therefore, the Amen from us also goes through him to God for glory.
But the one who gives us security with you in Christ
and who anointed us is God;
he has also put his seal upon us
and given the Spirit in our hearts as a first installment.

Psalm: 119:129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135

Wonderful are your decrees;
therefore I observe them.
R. Lord, let your face shine on me.
The revelation of your words sheds light,
gives understanding to the simple.
R. Lord, let your face shine on me.
I gasp with open mouth
in my yearning for your commands.
R. Lord, let your face shine on me.
Turn to me in pity
as you turn to those who love your name.
R. Lord, let your face shine on me.
Steady my footsteps according to your promise,
and let no iniquity rule over me.
R. Lord, let your face shine on me.
Let your countenance shine upon your servant,
and teach me your statutes.
R. Lord, let your face shine on me.

Gospel: Matthew 5:13–16

Jesus said to his disciples:
“You are the salt of the earth.
But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?
It is no longer good for anything
but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
You are the light of the world.
A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.
Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket;
it is set on a lampstand,
where it gives light to all in the house.
Just so, your light must shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds
and glorify your heavenly Father.”

Saint Anthony’s Teaching on the Four Lamps
from the first clause of his sermon for the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

First lamp:  God’s word

The word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my paths. — Psalm 119:105
Note that it speaks of “feet” first, and then “paths,” because when we hear the Word of God, we are first made to shine in heart, and then we walk with straight steps.

Second lamp:  Good works

Let your loins be girt and lamps burning in your hands. — Luke 12:35
We hold lamps burning in our hands when we show good works to our neighbors.

Third lamp: intention, which gives light to the whole collection of good works

The light of your body [your work] is your eye [your intention]. If your eye be single, thy whole body shall be lightsome. — Matthew 6:22

Fourth lamp: the humanity of Jesus Christ

What woman having ten coins and losing one would not light a lamp and sweep the house, searching carefully until she finds it?  — Luke 15:8

Let the Lord say “in the time of judgment I will search Jerusalem,” that is, each and every Christian. I will search with lamps:

  • Does he hear the word of preaching and amend his life?
  • Does he show the light of good example to others?
  • Does he do his works with a right intention?
  • Does he shape his life by the example of the poverty and humility of Jesus Christ?

Then he will visit upon people (those who trust in their own strength) who are settled in their filth, their iniquities.

Quote of the Day

In Jesus there is no ‘no’: always ‘yes,’ for the glory of the Father. But we too share this ‘Yes’ of Jesus, because He has given us the anointing, he has imprinted on us the Seal, has given us the ‘security deposit’ of the Spirit. We participate because we are united, sealed, and have in our hand that security – the security deposit of the Spirit – the Spirit that will bring us to the definitive ‘Yes,’ and also to our own fullness. Also, that same Spirit that will help us to become light and salt, that is to say, it is the Spirit that leads us to give Christian witness. — Pope Francis homily for June 13, 2017