Thursday 3rd week

« The standard you use will be used for you- and you will receive more besides. »
Lundi 5 août 2019 — Dernier ajout dimanche 27 novembre 2016

2 S.7,18-19.24-29 Ps.131 Mk.4,1-25

Thursday 3rd week, uneven numbered year

« He also said to them ’Is a lamp brought in to be put under a tub or under the bed ? Surely to be put on the lampstand ? » This is the response given by Jesus to his disciples when they ask Him ’why’ He teaches in parables. Jesus makes a distinction between those ’ to whom it is given to understand the mysteries of God’s Kingdom, and those ’to whom it is not given.’ The Revelation of God’s thoughts is given in a dark world in order to enlighten hearts, which, in their own turn, will enlighten others so they may reach the Aim in life. This ’lamp’ is the one alimented by the oil of Unction This ’lamp’ is the revelation that Jesus’ Spirit gives, the one which is revealed to Israel through the prophets. Jesus is the Lamp that dispenses the Light of Life. He reveals the path of God’s Will in favour of mankind, He reveals also the dangers to be avoided. Jesus reserves these explications for the apostles so that they will become true ’lamps’ sent out into the world for all to hear. All lamps are lit by the Spirit of God ; they enlighten the way by leading towards Jesus. The Truth is not sent in order to be hidden, but in order to be exposed, lit up and seen from afar ! Jesus says of Himself that He is ’the Light of the world.’ He comes and enlightens our darkest nights. Light of the world, Jesus goes down into our darkness and shed s His Light there. These Words enlighten our lives for when we shed light onto a dark place we find out what is hidden there ! « For there is nothing hidden, but it must be disclosed, nothing kept secret except to be brought to light. Anyone who has ears for listening should listen ! » If Jesus is Incarnate Light in the midst creation, it is for the Kingdom be an intelligent light, one that is holy, doing us good. What has to come about is that everything that was ’hidden’ and ’secret’ in the darkness of the world be brought to light at the given time by God before God created the world. This is why everything we say in darkness will be brought to light. You just need the disciple to be treated like his master, and the servant treated as his lord. This is an encouragement given by Jesus to those who are going to have to put up with inevitable persecution. It will be something Glorious for will be under God’s gaze, giving to each person according to his works. It is addressed to those who hear this message.  One day, every word that has been uttered, every movement and action will be placed before us in the Light of God ! It is with the measure of what we have become which will be used for others that God will use for us. We give God the measure to serve us, this is the stature of what we have become. Jesus, Light of the world, gives us the Holy Spirit who brings about a work of Love in us. Everything moves forward for those who love the Light. The Light of Love will enlighten all things. « He also said to them, ’Take notice of what you are hearing. The standard you use will be used for you-and you will receive more besides ; anyone who has , will be given more ; anyone who has not, will be deprived even of what he has. »  It is God’s voice which is listened to, or else that of the world, or that of demons.  What Jesus and the Holy Spirit teaches is the Good News. ’The way we listen’ is the quality of our ears, and its capacity to transmit Jesus’ Word. The more we drink at the Source for to quench others, the more the Source will give its fortifying Living Waters. May we put this Word into practice with perseverance. This is how God’s Work is brought about, one built upon Jesus’ foundation. Just as at the Annunciation, there will come a day when the mystery of Love will be revealed for all. As for today, may those who understand understand ! Jesus who is Light of the world wishes to make of us lights for the world. There will be no longer any places of darkness, the lamp will be placed upon the lamp stand. A very practical lamp which we are well acquainted with !  Jesus is the Light of the world who comes and enlightens our darkness. We ask for the grace to understand this word so that the Light reaches down into the depths of our hearts.