Jan28

January 28, 2016 (Thursday)

St. Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor (M)
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2 Sm 7:18-19, 24-29

Ps 132

Mk 4:21-25

 

PARABLE OF THE LAMP

21Jesus said to his disciples,“Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lampstand? 22For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible; nothing is secret except to come to light. 23Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear.” 24He also told them,“Take care what you hear.The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you, and still more will be given to you. 25To the one who has, more will be given; from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

THERE IS NOTHING HIDDEN EXCEPT TO BE MADE VISIBLE.

To illustrate the meaning of this verse, Jesus uses the analogy of a lamp that, for it to serve its purpose, has to be placed on a lampstand. is passage can have a double meaning. First, it can mean that we cannot hide anything from God. God sees us through and through. Second, the talents given to us have to be used for the service of the people of God. Talents are God’s gifts to us that must not be hidden.

Jesus explains, “ e measure with which you measure will be measured out to you, and still more will be given to you.” e more we use our God-given talents for the building up of God’s Kingdom, the more those talents will be developed.

Make a list of the talents God has given you and ask yourself how they can be of service for God’s people.

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