Jesus sends his disciples out to love the world, to be the light of the world. Jesus invites us to the same ministry, to love unabashedly, to live with magnanimity. The invitation is to be a visible, walking, breathing, engaging testament to God’s love in our world.

In the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius says, “Love shows itself more in deeds than in words.” A great insight, but what does it mean for us to show love through our actions?

I invite you to take a moment and imagine yourself moving through your daily routine. Observe yourself, as it were, at a distance, from getting out of bed in the morning to ending the day. As you watch yourself engage with people along the way, ask: How am I showing love through my deeds? How might I love others more visibly through my actions? Today ask for the grace to let your light shine brightly before others in order to bring greater glory to God.

—Aaron Pierre, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic of the Wisconsin Province, is studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.