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You are the Light of the World…A City Set on a Mountain Cannot be Hidden
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden” (Mt. 5:14) This is part of the famous, “You are the salt of the earth” passage in Matthew’s gospel. It is an admonition to the disciples, and to us who are followers of Jesus Christ, to influence the world with our words and our good deeds. We are challenged as Christians to preserve the faith to flavor the world with it on behalf of Jesus Christ. And we are to bring the light of faith into the dark corners of the world. I remember a story told by Robert Fulgham in one of his books of essays about a Greek man by the name of Papadopoulos. He was a man of Crete who, as a child, witnessed the German invasion of his island during WWII. When the well-armed German paratroopers came, they were met by Cretan peasants and farmers wielding pitchforks and other farm tools. They were defending their villages, their farms, and their homes. For doing that, whole villages were destroyed along with the men, women and children in those villages. One would think that reconciliation between the Cretans and the Germans would never be possible after something like that happened. But Mr. Papadopoulos, in his adulthood, started a reconciliation center in his hometown for that very purpose. It was very successful and it has been a center for reconciliation for many people since then. When Papadopoulos was a child he came across an accident site where a German motorcycle had crashed. He picked up a shard of glass off of the ground that had come from one of the mirrors and kept it in his pocket throughout his youth. He rounded it off by honing it on stones, and…