Your eye is the lamp of your body.

“No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light.”

When I think of a lamp and the light it gives my mind is not drawn to the beauty of the lamp but what its light reveals. When I walk into a dark room I do night turn on the lights to see the lights but to see other things in the room. I turn the lights on so that I might see where everything is and avoid tripping over things. The lamp reveals what the darkness covers. Such is the lamp of the Holy Spirit. When we believe He illuminates our way through spiritual darkness.

Saint Augustine once said: “I believe that I may understand.” “I believe that I may see.” In a sense, faith is a spiritual eye in that it allows us to see things that are not visible to the physical eye. When faith is alive our lives can be filled with light even when we walk though dark valleys. Yet when we reject simple childlike faith our lives can be filled with darkness. It is an issue of inner vision and of being illumined by the Holy Spirit.

Help me Lord to walk in the light as you are in the light.

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