The WORD in other words (2021) by Fr. Roger Solis, SVD (USC, Cebu City)
According to educators, using examples and illustrations that are relevant to the lives of the learners/students is the most effective way of teaching. Jesus used this approach in teaching his disciples and the people around him. He used parables and stories and examples familiar to people during his time.
The gospel of today illustrates the analogy between light and Jesus’ teachings. Since there was no electricity during those times, people understood the necessity of having light, especially during nighttime. People knew that lights should be placed on lampstands to serve its purpose, that is, to give light to the dark corners of the house, of alleys, and streets.
In like manner, Jesus’ teachings are likened to light that illumines our lives. If we put Jesus’s teachings at the center of our lives, it will surely brighten the dark corners of doubts, fear, and confusion and ultimately brings us back to Him, the light of our lives.
The Holy Bible is God’s Word that guides us in our day to day life. He is Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word, who was sent by the Father to become one among us so that all who believe in him might not perish but might have life eternal. The word BIBLE can serve as an acronym that stands for BASIC INSTRUCTION BEFORE LEAVING EARTH.
Therefore, if we want to be illuminated with Christian teachings, we should read, ponder and meditate the Word of God every day because it gives us the necessary instruction on how to live a life according to God’s will.