Luke 8: 16-18
Prov. 3: 27-34/ Ps 15: 2-5
No one who lights a lamp conceals it within a vessel or sets it under a bed. Rather, he puts it on a lamp stand, so that those who enter may see the light.
Lord, may our lamps dispel the darkness,
Drive away evil where it thrives,
Live a life of truth and holiness,
And let Your Word shine in our lives.
“No one who lights a lamp conceals it within a vessel, or sets it under a bed. Rather, he puts it on a lamp stand, so that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light. Take care, then, how you listen. 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.” (Luke 8:16-18)
Some of us are lamps that need to be lighted in order to spread God’s brightness and dispel the darkness of evil. This is just another allegory that our Lord uses in order to enlighten His disciples, similar to His earlier parable of the sower, where some of us must be like fertile soil so that the seed of God’s Word can produce a hundredfold. In the same way, the brighter our lamp, the more people we can lead to Christ.
We are beacons of light whenever we join the cause of proclaiming and fighting for the truth. As God’s lamps, we have have always believed that “nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light.” Our Brotherhood’s advocacy for honesty has made inroads into the darkness of corruption in a number of government agencies as well as in the business sector. Many BCBP billboards and streamers in the country’s urban centers declare our stand: “Be Honest even if others are not, even if others will not, even if others cannot.”
Jesus’ message is clear: “To anyone who has, more will be given; and from the one who has not (shared), even what he seems to have will be taken away” (from him). Unless we fight for honesty and truth, letting the Gospel values shine in our life, we will lose even the veneer of integrity that we appear to possess. Only those who strive to follow His way, spread His truth, and live His life will continue to grow spiritually, gaining more of God’s gifts and graces. Jesus is telling us that we cannot afford to hide our lamp in a vessel, or put it under a bed. In other words, we should not refuse or delay an offer from our breakfast head or mission director to declare God’s miracle in our life by giving our life testimony in our BCBP breakfast, just as we cannot accept bribe money to give a false testimony in court. The light of God must shine in our life at every opportunity.
Lord, fill our hearts and minds with Your light and truth, and disperse the darkness of sin and deception so that we may see the way to You clearly, and discern Your will in our lives. May we radiate your light and truth to others in word and in deed. Amen.