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».
In this consumeristic world, scarcity is quite threatening for many. Thus people have learned to hide the very essentials of life, including faith and its fruit. However, Jesus reminds us something very normally practiced and wilfully ignored in our personal life, because of our egoism. People refuse to share what is given to them, at the service of the humanity.
The divine message is quite consoling to all those who share, because there is a multiplication. At the same time, it is quite threatening for those who don’t share with others, because the very little that they have will be taken away. In the first reading we find that even a pagan king is cooperating with the divine will. And we the believers…….!
The deep message of today’s gospel is very simple. God is in need of our humanity, so that this humanity understands the divinity that dwells in us. It is in this humanity that God wanted to make himself visible to the world. This divine presence is a light that makes us move and act. God would like us to bring this light into our personal lives, through us in this life of other and let it illuminate our whole humanity. The more we use this light, the more it illuminates. Through this illumination, all mankind will be saved. As you read this gospel, wouldn't you like to use this light in your daily life?
«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).