The word ‘reflect’ means to reproduce an image of a particular thing. Our own image is reflected in a mirror. So the word ‘reflect’ means to “reproduce,” to cast back an image.
The word ‘reflect’ can also mean to meditate, ponder or think more deeply about something, maybe something someone has said. When conducting a funeral, I sometimes ask people to think, ponder, to consider where they will spend eternity.
One day a young man asked Jesus, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” Perhaps the young man had reflected on the destiny of his eternal soul and wanted clarification from Jesus. Jesus replied by quoting a few of the Ten Commandments to which the young man said, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?” Jesus told the young man, “Sell all you have, give it to the poor, then follow me.” The young man went away very sad without giving what Jesus had said any thought.
I wonder if he ever did reflect on this. Jesus was not against money, He was simply saying that our first love must be God followed by whatever else we deem to be important.
Reflect for a moment what it means to follow Jesus. First we must be like Him. We must reflect His love to all around us. If you are a Christian, are you a true reflection of Jesus and His love? Do we show God’s love conditionally? What does it mean to love unconditionally?
How often does the light of Christ become dim in our lives because the world, with all its troubles, or our own self interests, stops His love from reflecting out to others?
Jesus bids us shine with a pure clear light, like a little candle burning in the night.
In this world of darkness so we must shine, you in your small corner and I in mine.