Let your light shine

A very special international exhibition of 34 works, on display in Canberra

A very special international exhibition of 34 works, on display in Canberra

By Andy Fleming, Associate Chaplain 

Andy Fleming, Associate ChaplainDuring an episode of Anh Do’s Brush with Fame, in response to Anh’s observation that when he talks about helping other people he lights up, Father Bob Maguire says, “Don’t curse the darkness, light a candle.” Father Bob suggests our calling as human beings is to help one another. This idea of bringing ‘light’ to those who are in need is consistent with Jesus teaching about light. In John 8:12, Jesus says “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life”. Jesus talks about light and darkness to draw a distinction between good and evil. He tells us that those who are evil live in the darkness, for fear that moving into the light will expose their actions. Those who seek truth come to live in the light of God. 

It is not surprising the Father Bob uses the analogy of lighting a candle. In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus instructs people to let your light shine before others, as if it were a lamp that ‘gives light to the all in the house.’ Jesus tells those listening that they are the light of the world, referring to both who we are, and what we do. It establishes that as people of faith, we reflect the light of Jesus in our lives (that is who we are). What is required of us is to let our light shine in the same way as a lamp illuminates a room. When a light is turned on it does not draw attention to itself. No one looks at the light, but at what the light reveals in the room. So instead of our light making people focus in on us, they focus on what we do. For Christians, like Father Bob, it hopefully reveals their life in Jesus as they work for the good of others. 

A portrait of Jesus
Whilst the Bible provides us with a picture of Jesus’ person and character, there is no description of what he looks like. The exhibition, Jesus Laughing and Loving, beginning this week at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, is a series of pictures by 34 artists from around the world, portraying the many faces of Jesus, drawn from the Gospel writings about his teachings and interactions with his community. 

  • Exhibition: Jesus Laughing and Loving
  • Date:  12 Nov - 5 Dec 2020, Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Location: Chapel at the Australian Centre for Christianity & Culture
  • Address: Corner of Kings Avenue & Blackall St, Barton
  • Cost: Free. Donations welcome.

May God’s peace be with each of us
Chaplain Andy


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