St Thomas Aquinas was a lamp in this world. His insights on matters show a structured approach to interpreting Scripture and explaining theological matters. One of his works is the Catena Aurea, which is a compilation of Gospel commentaries from Church Fathers. These give insights on what the early Christians thought of specific Gospel passages. He was able to chain these different commentaries together as he goes through the Gospel. He is the epitome of the lamp Jesus described in the Gospel. Thomas Aquinas was given intelligence by God and he used it for the glory of God. The more he used his intelligence, the more was given to him. We thank God for giving us such a great Theologian in Thomas Aquinas who explained God’s truth most of which became the basis of modern theological thought.
Aquinas approached God with a true heart in full assurance of faith with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies wash with pure water. His goal was union with God and his heart was filled with faith and a clear conscience. This is also how we can live our faith without wavering. We live according to the Word of God, cleansed by the Blood of Jesus Christ and with water.
One of the problems of Christians is what I call a false sense of ourselves. There is a tendency to look down on ourselves for fear of being known. Yet Jesus asks in the Gospel today, is a lamp brought in to be put under the bushel basket or under the bed, and not on the lampstand. Our responsibility as Christians is to shine with the light of Christ and not to be timid. We have the greatest news in history so we cannot keep that to ourselves. This news has to be proclaimed to the world. Jesus said what is secret has to be revealed. St Paul said the Gospel is a secret that has been revealed now. So as Christians, we need to share to others what God has done for us. We do so confidently, without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful.
What are we going to say and how are we going to say it? Jesus tells us: let anyone with ears to hear listen. We listen to the Lord and obey him. Many people are hurting. Many are lost because they do not know to whom they should go. Many do not know God therefore, do not have hope. As Christians, we proclaim to them the faithfulness of God, of how he sent his Son to set us free. The Gospel is a Good News of freedom, not freedom to do something, but freedom to be a child of God, destined to inherit the kingdom. We tell people what the Psalm said today: who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? This is God’s plan for us: to climb the mountain of the Lord, to be with him. The Psalm also answers this question: Those who have clean hands and pure hearts. While this plan is for everyone, only those who accept the plan of God will achieve this. We preach the truth and let people decide on what they want to do.
Lord, let your Light shine through me. Use me to proclaim your Word in Truth and never let me wander in my faith. St Thomas Aquinas, pray that we may have faithful pastors who will preach the Light of Truth to all people.