How often do we do something completely selflessly? Even when we offer food to the homeless, don’t we want them to be thankful for what we have given? It is discouraging when the work we do or the gifts we offer aren’t appreciated or noticed. Even so, we are called to bring light and transform even the bleakest of situations. The smallest spark can start a roaring fire, but there might be smoke for a while until it catches.
God tells us the effect of our work in the next reading from my “light” Sunday. We may not be rewarded at the moment of our giving or as we bring light to the world, but we will see the effect in ourselves if we continue anyway.
The just man is a light in darkness to the upright.
Light shines through the darkness for the upright; he is gracious and merciful and just. Well for the man who is gracious and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice.
He shall never be moved; the just one shall be in everlasting remembrance.An evil report he shall not fear; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.
His heart is steadfast; he shall not fear. Lavishly he gives to the poor; His justice shall endure forever; his horn shall be exalted in glory.
We have no fear, because we are filled with light. We are generous and just, and stand on a foundation that cannot be moved. Who wouldn’t want that?