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.
I vividly recall playing competitive rounds of hide-and-seek throughout my childhood. Sometimes my ingenuity got the best of me and I’d be stuck in a hiding place for longer than my body could tolerate. It’s at those times thatI cried out so my siblings could “find” me. Today’s Gospel reminds me that there’s no need for me to hide. Mistakes may have led me to hide out of shame or regret, but I must cry out to Jesus to rescue me from these hidden places.
We are made in the image and likeness of God and are to let our light shine. Although our actions may disgrace our image, there is nothing that will ever erase our image. We were divinely formed and ordained with a specific purpose. God sees our purpose and not our problems. He invites us to accept his unconditional love, mercy and forgiveness.
Jesus is waiting to pull you out of hiding and into the light of freedom. Will you take his hand?
—Lori Stanley is the Executive Director of Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, CA.
God, help me to see myself how you see me. Give me the grace to hear your word and to listen for your voice. Give me the grace to pay attention so that I may receive your love. Amen.
—Lori StanleyPlease share the Good Word with your friends!