Gospel: Lk 8:16-18
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, pay attention and listen well, 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.
There is nothing hidden that shall not be uncovered. The Gospel message is not meant to be kept hidden. We are called to witness God’s love and mercy to all. It is a message that is to be proclaimed from the housetops. If what we believe and say is good, goodness will be light from our hearts and seen from our way of life. We understand Jesus to be the Light of the world and his followers are also to be like lamps shining out for all the world to see. An invisible Christian is a contradiction in terms, yet there are strong tendencies for us to privatize our faith and fail to live the prophetic character of following Jesus. “Take heed, therefore, how you hear,” says Jesus today. It has to be a hearing which understands, accepts, assimilates and puts into practice the values of the Kingdom. What is heard and assimilated has to be shared with others. Otherwise it dies. But “to the one who has, more will be given”. To be a Christian is not to make a personal devotion of one’s faith; it essentially means constant growth and bearing fruit in our relationships with others, with creation and with God.
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