The evangelist Matthew writes, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” (Mt 5:14-16).
The light Matthew writes of is the same light that we receive at baptism. It’s the light of Christ. The prayer for when the light is passed on doesn’t just say to keep it burning, but burning brightly. It’s the light of faith, and if it is indeed kept burning brightly, we can’t help but share it. So how?
We all have gifts. Some might be extraordinary. Most are ordinary. It doesn’t really matter which (see St. Therese “The Little Flower”), sharing these gifts in service of God and God’s people is the path to holiness.