CEW2020: The Hope Among Us

“Today, amid so much darkness, we need to see the light of hope, and to be men and women who bring that hope to others.” (Pope Francis, Inaugural Mass, 2013)


As we reach the midpoint of Catholic Education Week, we have reflected on the fact that our hope is in Christ, and that this hope lives within us. Now we look around and see how that hope is shared within the Catholic community. That hope is like a light that guides us, together, on what is sometimes called, “the path of righteousness,” or “the way of truth.”

Let us begin with the Sign of the Cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Jesus, you told us that you are the light of the world, and that whoever follows you, will not be walking in the dark, but will have the light of life. It is hard to know sometimes, which way to go, even when we want to follow you. But I know, too, that I don’t have to walk this way alone, and that you have given me a community to walk with me. Help me to resist the temptation to be alone on my journey, and give me the courage to trust the people that you send to accompany me. In the certainty of our shared faith, let me be a leader, as well as a follower, and be willing to show the way of faith to others. I pray this prayer in the name of your Heavenly Father, who was always your guiding light. Amen.


A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.  (5:14-16)

Jesus said to his disciples, “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one, after lighting a lamp, puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven.”

Take a moment to think about all of the people who have helped you along your journey so far, encouraging you to shine your light in this world? Ask yourself: Who has supported me, challenged me to grow, comforted me, taught me, believed in me? Offer God a prayer of thanksgiving for this community of people.


God, creator of light, we thank you for showing us the way to you, through all the wonderful things you have made, through your Holy Word in the scriptures, and most clearly, the loving witness of your son. We are blessed to have so many people who continue to lead us through their own commitment to your community. Help us to be authentic and credible witnesses to your life within our community and to others as well. In the spirit of Jesus, we make this prayer. Amen.

“In a time which often seems to be without goals or ennobling aspirations, we are challenged to declare ours and to dedicate our lives to their achievement.” This Moment of Promise, 1989

Taylor, AndreaCEW2020: The Hope Among Us