31 January 2019. Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest
Reflection (Sem. Edgar R. Calma)
Presence is the capacity to be visible. To be visible allows one to be seen, known and has the great potential to influence others through trends, fashion and creative innovations. In a world where information is just at the tip of our fingers, we are always searching for information, presence and visibility. Hiddenness is something of a disadvantage because it will not attract attention, affirmation and acceptance. Visibility, on the other hand, will set the pace, and mood to a higher level of awareness and consciousness.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us that a lamp should be placed in its proper stand in order to give light and made visible. Things hidden that were not healed or resolved reappear again at an appropriate time and made known. “Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lampstand? For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible; nothing secret except to come to light” (Mk 4: 21-22).
As followers of Christ, our life and whole being are directed towards Him, who is the way, the truth, and the life. We believe that Christ’s incarnation brought a new light into the world and into our own lives. The light that will never waver in transforming, healing and patiently accompanying us towards physical and spiritual wellness. Each one of us has our own share of pains, frustrations, difficulties, trials, woundedness and sinfulness. Whether consciously or unconsciously, our mind has a way of forgetting these painful and excruciating experiences that brought deep-seated scars and deep-rooted trauma in our lives. More so, we have the natural tendency to easily dismiss and take them for granted as something to be seriously looked upon, addressed and faced in our innermost being. But our Lord Jesus Christ invites us to be with Him as we journey in this life. He asks us to always remain in His love, and allow His unconditional love to shine through the deep-seated scars and woundedness in our hearts. His light brings us to a level of awareness, acceptance and accompaniment. His message of love and mercy will carry us through genuine forgiveness and healing that allows us to see things differently through the eyes our faith and hope in Christ’s own passion, suffering and experience of death and woundedness.
The Gospel Today
Jesus 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?
For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible;
nothing is secret except to come to light.
Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear.”
He 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.
To the one who has, more will be given;
from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”