Jesus is the Light of the world!
Jesus said that He is the Light of
the world. In the Sermon on the Mount
Jesus said that we are also called to be the light of the world and the salt of
the earth. Broken light bulbs and savorless salt serve only to be cast into the
trash. Our light must be taken from the
source of all light—JESUS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD!
Now more than ever we need men to be
the light shining in the midst of a dense dark cloud that is hovering over
humanity. Among the many crises in the
modern world is that of the man.
Pope John Paul II in his first
encyclical “Redentor hominis”—Christ
who is the Redeemer of man, points out the fact that Jesus is the one who
reveals us to ourselves. It is Jesus who gives us our identity. This applies of
course to the man! By His life, words,
actions, sufferings, silences, and even death on the cross, Jesus highlights
the path that a true man must follow to really be a man.
In a world where homosexuality,
bisexuality, adultery, the addiction to pornography are trends that are
blinding too many men and enslaving them, Jesus and St. Joseph pave the way to
How then can men live out their
vocation to be a burning and blazing torch in the midst of a dense cloud of
moral and sexual confusion? Let’s mark out the path!
Jesus working with St. Joseph--Father and Son!
GRACE. The man of God who focuses on Jesus and St.
Joseph as models must strive to live in the state of sanctifying grace. What does this mean? In concrete, they must
avoid committing mortal sin at all costs.
If man has fallen from grace then recover grace through sacramental confession
before the sun goes down. The loss of grace extinguishes the light of grace and
darkness reigns in one’s heart, mind and soul.
WORK TO CULTIVATE THE “THREE
T’S”. God has given man the three “T’s: time,
treasure and talents. The true man
of God should not be in the habit of wasting time. Time is of the essence. Life
is fleeting, transitory and ephemeral. Once the day ends it never returns
again. All of us will have to render an account as to how we have utilized the
time that God has given us. St.
Alphonsus Liguori made a vow to never waste time. TALENTS.
Men are given talents to be recognized with humility, used with total
dedication, and shared with utmost generosity.
Work tools that are not used become rusty and useless. The short one-liner expresses this truth: “”If you do not use it you lose it!” Another motto expresses it as such: “Better to wear out than to rust out!” TREASURES.
One’s treasures are not meant to be horded, saved and kept to oneself
but to be given generously. St. Paul teaches us: “What you have received freely give freely.”
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta challenges us: “Give until it hurts!”
God must be the center of every family!
FAMILY: THE DOMESTIC CHURCH. Men who have chosen marriage as their
vocation must be keenly aware of the fact that their first and primary
obligation is to their family. God
should always be first. As Venerable Fulton J. Sheen taught with such clarity
and precision: It takes three to get
married! The husband, the wife and
JESUS—He is the hidden but the most important component of the family. But true men who have chosen the marriage
vocation, after their love for God should have their wife as primary and then
their children. In concrete, this means
that true men must earn the bread they make by the sweat of their brows. (Gen
3). They are called to both provide and to protect their family. Furthermore,
men are called to work even harder at home after work to form a loving,
peaceful, united and harmonious family.
Many men have the false notion and have convinced themselves that once
they have finished their labor outside the home their work is literally
finished. On the contrary, the most important work at home is just
beginning. Love and attention to the wife, careful concern expressed toward the
children are part of parcel of really living out the vocation of manhood in the
context of the married life. Let us take good St. Joseph as our model!
Modern additions-- the internet and computer!
COMMUNICATION. One of the greatest challenges in the modern
scene is that of maintaining open lines of COMMUNICATION with the family as a
whole. T.V., Internet, I-phone, blackberry,
the Tablet, cell-phone, text- messages, radio, and much more—all of these
modern means of technology and communication can be of incalculable value.
However, one can be addicted to anything.
It is all too easy today to become a slave and form an addiction to any
of the above. Sadly this results in closing in on oneself and blocking the
social world and one’s family out. True men of God pursue and seek ways to open
lines of communication with their wives and children. A well-known priest has suggested that the
family should occasionally rent a cabin in the wilderness for a weekend to be
together. However, with this one stipulation--- nobody is to bring any
electronic means of distractions! That
is to say, the family will be alone together for the weekend to talk,
communicate, share, laugh together and simply to enjoy the harmony, camaraderie
and friendship of a loving family! Not a
bad idea! Find the cabin, place, and weekend!
Do not disturb me!!!
SACRIFICE: CARRY THE CROSS! In a society that tends to pamper, cuddle,
promote soft living, even men can become emasculated and effeminate! When
confronted with problems many men run away from the cross and seek pleasure or
what might be termed “Creature comforts”.
Indeed many of these are actually sinful! Putting it bluntly, many men
run from embracing the cross and seek refuge in sinful pleasures. What are
these false gods? Almost too many to put on the list, but here are a mere few:
drinking to excess (It’s Miller time!!!!”,) pornography and acting out, use of
many forms of drugs, Night clubs and provocative women, casinos and the night
life! What true and virile men—in
imitation of St. Joseph and Jesus—should do is to recognize the cross, embrace
the cross and beg for God’s cross to carry it courageously. This cross can appear in many forms and
shapes. The wife diagnosed with breast
cancer, a teenage son in drugs and gang activity, the economic situation
critical. The true man, instead of
having recourse to the above-mentioned vices, should turn humbly to God and
trust in God as Rock and security.
Let us pray to Jesus, the perfect
man, and have recourse to St. Joseph, the model as man, father, and husband
that the men of today would strive to walk in their footsteps and truly shine
as lights to dispel the darkness!