He said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under the bushel basket, or under the bed, and not on the lampstand? For there is nothing hidden, except to be disclosed; nor is anything secret, except to come to light.Let anyone with ears to hear listen!” And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. For to those who have, more will be given; and from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Each of us has been given a light to share, as Jesus points out in today’s reading. If we fail to share it, or hide it under a bushel basket, it may be “taken away.”
I can intentionally practice shining my light could be tested out on a trip to the grocery store. It might start with giving up the closest parking spot. Then entering the door with a genuine smile; talking and really listening to the neighbor you would normally avoid; making light of your rattling cart; complimenting the deli worker on her efforts as she passes your lunch meat; and encouraging the man who you know is battling a disease. Then it means telling a good enough joke so the checkout person really laughs, not just chuckles.
What everyday chore can you intentionally practice that would share your light with others? What is the “corner of light” that only you have to give the world? And what would it mean for you, and those around you, if it were taken away?
—Charlotte F. Ahern is a wife and mother of three college-aged children. She is also a spiritual director and retreat leader at Jesuit schools in the Chicago area.
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
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