The Light of Christ Catholic Elementary and Junir High School opened in September 2010. The school initially began with 275 grade K to 8 students. Grade 9 started the following year. Currently at over 500 students and 50 staff members, Light of Christ is a faith-filled school community that seeks success for all of the students serving the Saddle Ridge community.
Short Background Statement
The name, “Light of Christ” comes from the New Testament scriptures.
The Gospel of St. John tells us that Jesus came into the world as the light for all people (John 1:3).
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life” (John 8:12; see also John 9:5).
Christ is the light of the world because he reflects God’s love for us, is just and merciful and brings us healing and abundant life. In the light of Christ, we find love, life, wholeness, freedom and forgiveness. We also find the strength and confidence needed to live as disciples of Christ.
Saint Matthew also spoke about light. He wrote, “You are the light of the world … let your light shine before human beings” (Matthew 4:14a, 16b).
This means that, as disciples of Christ, we have the same purpose as Christ. We are to keep the light of Christ shining in the world by the way we live our lives. We are to bring God’s love, mercy, justice, freedom and forgiveness into the world.
For Christians, light symbolizes life, happiness, justice as well as our joy in the salvation and freedom Christ brings to us. The light of Christ guides us in our journey of faith to God. It helps us to make good decisions about our possessions and our human activities. It helps us to live with integrity. The light which Christ gives is a gift which is not earned but received. It is a gift with which we were entrusted at baptism.
In addition to being a gift, the light of Christ is also what we are called to be in the world. We learn what it means to be light in and for the world by reading the scriptures and following in the footsteps of Jesus. We act as light in the world when we do not allow our light to be hidden. We act as light when we are a sign of God’s presence in the world. We act as light in the world when we use our gifts to bring truth, hope, goodness, justice and joy into the world. We act as light when we forgive, respect all life, provide for the less fortunate, care for the environment, point to Jesus and much more. We act as light in the world not for our own glory but so that God, our Father in heaven, may be glorified (Matthew 5:16c). In seeing our good works, others will be able to see what a wonderful and great God we have.