Jesus also said to the crowd, «When the light comes, is it to be put under a tub or a bed? Surely it is put on a lampstand. Whatever is hidden will be disclosed, and whatever is kept secret will be brought to light. Listen then, if you have ears!».
And he also said to them, «Pay attention to what you hear. In the measure you give, so shall you receive and still more will be given to you. For to the one who produces something, more will be given, and from him who does not produce anything, even what he has will be taken away from him».
The readings of the day invite us to live our baptismal life in a way that is worthy of our call and identity. Jesus told us that we are the light of the world, so let us joyfully carry the light of the resurrection within us as a sign of hope. Many of us do not realise that we are that light sent by God to dispel the ignorance and darkness that inhabit the hearts of men.
This is why we must ensure that our words and actions are in accordance with the commandment of love and mercy and that they are also a sign of the divine presence. It is in this love that man will learn to act with compassion, and this compassion will bring the necessary hope to savour forgiveness. If we fail to do so, we risk not only bringing darkness to the world, but we ourselves will lose the hope and light that Baptism has guaranteed us.
Action of the day : Be a light to your brothers and sisters.
«When the light comes, is it to be put under a tub or a bed?»
Fr. Àngel CALDAS i Bosch
(Salt, Girona, Spain)
Today, Jesus explains to us the secret of his Kingdom. He is even somewhat ironical when telling us that the internal “energy” the Word of God has —his own Word—, that communicative force that spreads all over the world, is just like a light, and that this light cannot go «under a tub or a bed?» (Mk 4:21)
Can you imagine someone so stupid as to place a lit candle under the bed? We Christians with the lights off or with the lights on, but with a ban on lighting us up! This is what happens when we do not place all our love and knowledge at the service of our Faith. How anti-natural of us to selfishly retreat into ourselves, by limiting our life to the scope of our own personal interests! To live under the bed! Ridiculously and tragically still :absents of the spirit…
On the other hand, the Gospel is a saint outburst of passionate Love that wants to communicate, that needs “to say”, and that carries along a demand of personal growth, of interior maturity and service to others. «If you say: Enough!, you are dead», saint Augustine says. And saint Josemaria Escrivà also says: «O Lord: let me have temperance and restraint in everything… except in Love!».
«Listen then, if you have ears!». And He also said to them, «Pay attention to what you hear» (Mk 4:23-24). But, what does it mean “to hear”?; what are we to hear? This is the great question we have to ask ourselves. It is an attitude of sincerity towards God that demands to know what we really want to do. And to find it out we must hear: we must pay attention to the hints of God. We have to enter into a dialogue with him to put an end to the “mathematics of measure”: «In the measure you give, so shall you receive and still more will be given to you. For to the one who produces something, more will be given, and from him who does not produce anything, even what he has will be taken away from him» (Mk 4:24-25). God's accrued interests, are unpredictable and extraordinary, so as to stimulate our generosity.
In the Virgin Mary we will find the best example of how to answer God's call.