January 29, 2015

The Gospel Today

Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

Mark 4:21-25

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.”
Reflection (Sem. Nathaniel Pagalan):
            While I was reading the Gospel reading for today, I was moved to reflect about the word light and its meaning. I guess for light to be light it is something that cannot be contained. It loses its being light if it is hidden, buried, or concealed. Oftentimes, Jesus is referred to literally as light or figuratively the source of light in Scripture. Precisely because an encounter with Jesus always brings enlightenment in literal or figurative forms to anyone who desires Him.

            I remember very well a Gospel acclamation song in Cebuano which is rather upbeat in tune entitled Lamdag Ka (You are the Light). The lyrics of the song says, “Lamdag Ka, O Ginoo sa gilaktan ko. Ang pulong mo ang iwag sa dalan ko.” In English, it means that God and the word of God is a light unto my feet and a light unto my path. God guides us in our life’s journey especially in moments of desolation or difficulties because He gives us light.

Truly, an encounter with God and the effects of God in our life is something that cannot just simply be brushed aside. God and the effects of God in our life cannot simply be contained within. It penetrates and affects us so much that in order to grasp and understand it we need to share to others. And in turn, we become bearers of God’s light ourselves.

They say that a good prayer is a prayer that brings conversion. A good prayer is a prayer that changes us. And such is what an encounter with God brings – conversion and change. I feel the Gospel reading for today is inviting us to look more deeply and reflect at the quality of our relationship and encounters with God. If we are stuck with goodness merely to ourselves alone then there is something wrong with our relationship with God. For an encounter with God is packed with so much power and light we cannot help but be changed and be converted of it. An encounter with God can only be grasped and understood in the light when it is given and affecting others as well. An encounter with God cannot be kept hidden, buried and concealed.

We pray that we grow deeper in our relationship and an encounter with God. That in affecting us with goodness and love, we are affecting and spreading that same goodness and love to others and be bearers of God’s light as well.

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