Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

January 30, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Second Book of Samuel

Psalm 132

Mark 4:21-25

 I like the comparisons that are made in today’s Gospel narrative.  First, Jesus tells us that hidden things and secret things are to be discovered, made visible and brought to light.  Then He tells us that more will be given the more we have, but if we don’t have it, we will loose it.  What then does He really mean?

Our Lord uses the image of the lamp to help us.  Lamps illuminate the darkness.  The effectiveness of lamps are increased as we position them to throw more light rather than less.  When we throw light on something and make it visible, what we thought might be secret is there for us to see.  What we can see is what was there all along, just not visible because there wasn’t enough light.  Jesus also brings in the sense of hearing.  If we have ears, we ought to hear what is there to be heard.

What is it that is hidden, that is brought to light, that is there for us to hear?  The true light of who we are and who we are called to be.  We heard Jesus say, The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.”  In other words, what you value is how you will be valued.   As you value wisely, as you discover what the truth is about you that is hidden, then more understanding will be given to you.  You are then moving in the right direction, you are growing, your growth fuels more growth and greater awareness.  But if you place your lamp under a bushel basked or a bed then you can’t discover the truth, you can’t grow, and what truth there is in you for you to discover will remain hidden from you.

Essentially Jesus is telling us that we must take the risk of putting our lamps on the table where others can see it in order for us to grow and evolve.  If we keep our lamps hidden not only others won’t see it, but we can never grow in our faith in God.  May our lamps be brightly lit for all to see.

Question of the Day:  Will you risk bringing yourself into the light of Jesus, especially through the Sacrament of Reconciliation?

Prayer:  Lord, my prayer to you is that I can take the risk, that I can throw more light on the truth, and grow in my understanding of who I am and who I am called to be.



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