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I Am the Light of the World

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I am the Light of the World

“I came to the world as light” (John 12:46).  The gospel selection from 12:44–50 recalls John 1:4–5.  The Word of God is the light that shines on all men.  In the Old Testament, the light that guides man on his journey is sometimes God, sometimes His Word, and in a transferred sense, the Torah.  In the New Testament, it is Christ, the definitive revelation of God, the Logos through whom the world was created, the Light that the darkness cannot overwhelm.

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Light of the World

How does one reconcile a passage like Jesus saying “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12) and “Ye are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14)?. Augustine in his De doctrina christiana III, mentions a rule of interpretation from Tyconius wherein it is stated that there are passages that refer to someone as to its head at one moment and then to others as its body at another. The passages mentioned above fit the description of this particular rule. Christ calls himself “light of the world” as Head of his Body (the Church) which He also calls “light of the world.” Thus the description “light of the world” applies to the Total Christ, as Head and Body.

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Christ Will Give You Light

Christ is the light that shines on every man that is born. Yet by virtue of baptism, all Christians too have become “light of the world” a “city built on a hill” that serves as a beacon for wayfarers lost in the darkened highways of human history. To live as children of the light, is to live as Christ lived, obedient to the Father, blameless in deed and word.

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Keep Your Lamp Lighted

In the baptismal liturgy, there is a portion where the lighting ceremony of the Easter vigil is repeated. This happens after the water has been poured and the chrism has been applied on the baptized. “Receive the light of Christ.” Says the priest as he passes the lighted candle to the parents of the baptized and in their turn light up the candles of the those around. “May you keep this light burning until the day when the Lord comes.”

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Light of the World

How does one reconcile a passage like Jesus saying “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12) and “Ye are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14)?. Augustine in his De doctrina christiana III, mentions a rule of interpretation from Tyconius wherein it is stated that there are passages that refer to someone as to its head at one moment and then to others as its body at another. The passages mentioned above fit the description of this particular rule. Christ calls himself “light of the world” as Head of his Body (the Church) which He also calls “light of the world.” Thus the description “light of the world” applies to the Total Christ, as Head and Body.

URL:Light of the World

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John 12:46
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46I am come a light into the world; that whosoever believeth in me, may not remain in darkness.
John 1:4
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4In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
John 8:12
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12Again therefore, Jesus spoke to them, saying: I am the light of the world: he that followeth me, walketh not in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Matthew 5:14
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14You are the light of the world. A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid.
John 8:12
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12Again therefore, Jesus spoke to them, saying: I am the light of the world: he that followeth me, walketh not in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Matthew 5:14
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14You are the light of the world. A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid.

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