Meditation – 9th February 2020

The Deep End – This little light of mine….
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine! Perhaps you are
familiar with this popular hymn. It is often used in children’s
liturgies, and was in fact written as a gospel song for children in
the 1920s. It later became something of an anthem for the Civil
Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s, associated in particular
with civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer. The song was seen
as a way of expressing unity, as people fought for equal rights
and freedom.
‘This Little Light of Mine’ is based on the words of Matthew’s
Gospel that we hear today: ‘No one lights a lamp to put it
under a tub… your light must shine in the sight of men.’
Without the light of those who were part of the civil rights
movement, our world would be a very different place. There
are good people everywhere who continue to fight for justice
and freedom, who use their ‘light’ to help others and make sure
people are treated fairly and with dignity – both those who
campaign and speak out about injustice, and the people on the
ground who support the sick, the homeless, refugees and others
experiencing difficulties. Witnessing so much suffering, it
might be tempting for these ‘people of light’ to become
disheartened, but they carry on, using their compassion and
skills to bring about change, shining their light in the darkness.
As followers of Christ, we are called to light up the world.
Take some time this week to think about how you can let your
light shine.
‘A community of Jesus which seeks to hide itself has
ceased to follow him.’
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Tríona Doherty