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Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time

September 22, 2014

 

READINGS

First Reading: PRV 3:27-34

Responsorial Psalm: PS 15:2-3A, 3-BC-4AB, 5

Gospel: LK 8:16-18

 

Homily

The sole purpose of a lighted lamp is to give light and to dispel darkness. “Jesus said to the crowd: “No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light.” If the lighted lamp is hidden then it is not fulfilling its purpose. It is of course ridiculous to do that. We can say that one is out of his right mind if he hides a lamp after lighting it. Lighting a lamp enables us to see and do something.

Word of God, A Lighted Lamp

Jesus said in our Gospel, “Take care, then, how you hear.” This means that we listen carefully to the words of Jesus and keep them with our whole hearts. It is by listening carefully and keeping to heart the Word of God that we live in the Light. Psalm 119:105 tells us, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path.” The Word of Jesus, the Word of God lights the path of our life’s journey. We will never be lost if the Word of God is lighting up our way. By keeping the Word of God in our hearts like what Mary did in Luke 2:19, the darkness of our sins is dispelled. We take care how we hear if we enflesh the Word of God.

The Lighted Lamp of God’s Gifts

Jesus said in our Gospel, “To anyone who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he seems to have will be taken away.” God bestows upon us His gifts, His blessings. In fact, everything that we have and are comes from God. And its sole purpose is to glorify God and to build up the Body of Christ (1 Corinthains 12). If we use our gifts for this purpose, if we share our blessings to one another especially to our less fortunate brothers and sisters, God will grant us more gifts, more blessings. However, if we use these blessings only for ourselves, we are hiding it like a lamp hidden under a bed. They do not fulfill its purpose because we use it only for own benefits. If we do this, then, what we seem to have will be taken away. Yes, we may still have it but we do not enjoy it in its fullness since we are living in the dark. There is no light in one who is selfish, who thinks of himself and who lives only for oneself.

It is by letting the Word of God, the Lighted Lamp, to shine in our lives that we live in the fullness of life, we enjoy more blessings from God.

 

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