The Inexplicable Radiance
Have you ever seen something so radiantly beautiful that you cannot help but gaze in awe of it?
I remember one particular instance when I was busy rushing to finish my work, this beautiful sunset just caught my attention. I had to stop whatever I was doing and just stare at it for the longest time. It was so stunning that it left me with a sense of inexplicable peace and joy.
This lovely sunset reminds me of a dear sister who decided to give herself entirely to Jesus by pursuing a religious life. I saw a photo of her wearing brown dress as a novice. She looked so beautiful to me. She has this distinctive aura that draws me to her. Seeing her happy convinced me that she has truly found "the one whom her soul loves". It is almost the same glow that I notice in couples on their wedding day.
I believe there is this radiance that we exude whenever we have God's Love, Joy and Peace in our heart. And often we cannot contain them to ourselves - we just have to give and share it to the people around us. It is like being the light that illuminates the world - the one to ignite souls.
This reminds me of my favorite prayer from Mother Teresa of Culcutta:
Dear Jesus, help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Thy spirit and love. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of Thine. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Thy presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus. Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as you shine, so to shine as to be a light to others. Amen.
And as I walk through life, I pray that I may see Christ's light in every person I meet and that I may also be the light of Christ to others.
Inspired by the first reading from Exodus 34: 29 -35