The Light of the World
On Wednesday and Thursday, seventy-two of our juniors and seniors spent time in the Great Hall preparing to welcome the class of 2022. Link Crew, a national program, which at BSM is a part of Campus Ministry, is built on the belief that students can help students succeed. Our junior and senior Link Crew Leaders are trained to be peer mentors and positive role models for the freshman class, guiding them to discover what it takes to be successful in high school. In this way, our Link Crew Leaders are embodying this year’s Scripture theme by being “the light of the world!” Our scripture theme each year is meant to give us a spiritual focus and this year’s theme of being the light of the world complements the theme of humility from last year well.
Jesus’ call for us to be the light of the world follows the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel which encourages us, through acts of humility and mercy (among others), to be a blessing for others. “Being a blessing” can translate to a call to action, an action of holiness. In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus is calling his disciples by their deeds, to influence the world for good! This is exactly what we are all called to do and this is one of the hallmarks of a BSM education.
Through their classroom and extracurricular experiences, Red Knights are encouraged to go out in the world and make a difference. In the community service they commit themselves to, in the way they strive to treat each other with respect, and in the desire to empathize with people, our Red Knights are living holy lives, lives of blessing. And here’s the thing - we all can live lives of blessing. If we commit ourselves to being kind, to choosing the loving response over the snarky one, to really trying to understand someone else’s perspective, we have begun to choose holiness.
In his most recent apostolic exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate, Pope Francis gives a universal call to holiness. This call to holiness is one of practicality, one in which we all can participate. In fact, Pope Francis mentions the “middle class of holiness:” the everyday sanctity “present in the patience of God’s people: in those parents who raise their children with immense love, in those men and women who work hard to support their families, in the sick, in elderly religious who never lose their smile. In their daily perseverance, I see the holiness of the Church militant. Very often it is a holiness found in our next-door neighbors, those who, living in our midst, reflect God’s presence” (§7).
So, as we begin another school year at Benilde-St. Margaret’s may we reflect on God’s presence and choose to live lives of blessing. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden...Just so your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:14,16