Jesus said to his disciples, «No one, after lighting a lamp covers it with a bowl or puts it under the bed; rather he puts it on a lamp-stand so that people coming in may see the light. In the same way, there is nothing hidden that shall not be uncovered; nothing kept secret that shall not be known clearly. Now, take care how well you listen, for whoever produces will be given more, but from those who do not produce, even what they seem to have will be taken away from them».
Jesus sees in each and every one of us the light of the world and He desires that we burn the whole world with this fire of love, so that the ignorance and darkness be removed, and the whole world be illumined by His grace abundantly.
The problem is that we don’t believe that we carry in us the Light, Jesus and we wish to be Peter and Paul, like great lamps than to be little candle in the darkness. Jesus knows that even in this little candle, we can light up the world. He is reminding us that we may not be discouraged of our smallness, rather put all the confidence in His goodness.
In reality, the light and the lamp-stand are we ourselves. The more we realise that Jesus lives in us, the more we will be able to put this lamp of faith in evidence. By consequence, the better will be the world around us, because they will see the light (Jesus) in us, and this Light will help them to avoid darkness, and they will walk in the light.
The faith that we have may not be a great or bright one. However, the more we put this faith in front, the better will be our own faith. If we refuse to put this faith in evidence, then, the same that we believe to have, may be dying miserably in us, without we be aware of its death.
Action of the day: put the light you have at the service of the world.
«He puts it on a lamp-stand so that people coming in may see the light»
+ Fr. Joaquim FONT i Gassol
(Igualada, Barcelona, Spain)
Today, a Gospel as brief as this one, is all the same rich in themes appealing to our attention. In the first place, “to give light”: everything is clear in God's eyes! Second great theme: Graces keep in line, if we are faithful to one we receive one blessing after another: «Gratia pro Gratia» (Jn 1:16). And last, human language for divine and imperishable things.
God's Light for those joining the Church! Christian mothers, whispering in their children's ear, have been teaching them for centuries, expressive words, but most of all, they have been doing it with the “light” of their good examples. They have also sown the typical popular and evangelic wisdom, compressed in many proverbs, as full of wisdom as of faith. One of these sayings is this: «Throw some light on, not smoke». St. Matthew tells us: «(...) and it gives light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven» (Mt 5:15-16).
Examining our conscience at dusk can be compared to the shopkeeper who cashes up to check the fruit of his work. He does not start by asking: —How much have I lost today? He rather wonders: —How much money did I make today? And immediately after, he may add: —How can I make more tomorrow, what can I do to improve? To finalize our working day we may end it up with a thanksgiving prayer and, in contrast, with an act of love and regret. —I regret not having loved more and hope with illusion, to start, tomorrow, a new day to please Our Lord, who always sees me, comes with me and loves me so much. —I want to give more light while diminishing the smoke of my love's fire.
In family evenings, parents and grandparents have forged —and still do— the personality and compassion of today's children and tomorrow's men. It is worth it! It is urgent! The Virgin Mary, Morning Star, Virgin of Dawn preceding the Light of the Sun-Jesus, guides us and gives us her hand. «O Happy Virgin! It is impossible that he whom you have looked at, gets lost» (St. Anselm).