Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan
Reflecting the Light
A young boy of about nine went with his parents to Europe one summer. Part of their tour included visits to the great old cathedrals of the past. As he visited cathedral after cathedral he saw the massive stained glass portraits of the disciples and of other saints.
He was very impressed as he stood in these great empty halls looking through the beautiful stained glass windows. Upon returning to his church, he was asked by his Sunday School teacher about the great churches of Europe, and what he liked the most.
He thought for a moment and he said, “I loved the sense of awesomeness and the hugeness of who God must be.”
“And what is a saint?” his teacher asked next.
His mind went back to those massive beautiful stained glass windows and he said, “A saint is a person the light shines through.”
That is a good definition of what a saint of God is supposed to be. Jesus is the “Light of the World”, John 8:12. We have no light of our own, but like a glass, lik a mirror, we are to reflect the light of Jesus to a lost and dying world.