Gospel Reading January 26, 2017

... Minute with Fr Sam: The Light of Tabor and Calvary Under a Bushel

Gospel Mk 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 lamp stand?
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.”

When we hear the words of God, actually presented to us from the Holy Bible, we have an obligation to the Lord to not just carry His message hidden away inside of us,to not hide it under a bushel basket or under a bed. We are called to be true disciples of Christ and go out and spread the Gospel to all the nations. We are to take this light that has been revealed to us, by Jesus Himself, and go tell the world about God. Go forth and shine His message throughout the lands.

As Catholics, we have the benefit of the teaching of the Church and the Tradition that has been handed down through the ages. We don’t have to flounder about on our own, relying on our own strength; we are blessed; we have the gentle guidance of a loving Mother in the Holy Catholic Church to help us decipher the Truth that Jesus came to reveal to the world. It really is pretty amazing that God loves us so much that He created the Church to help us with our daily struggles, our day to day battles with striving to achieve holiness and carry His light to all the world.

God has called each one of us who have heard His words, and listened to His voice, to spread His message to everyone we meet. We will encounter difficult moments, and I am sure at other times it will seem almost impossible to be His voice, but we must have courage, and trust, that  if we submit ourselves to the Will of God, He will take care of us.


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