God’s Light and Measure

Mark 4: 21-25
Heb 10: 19-25 / Ps 24

For whoever produces, to him shall more be given; and whoever does not produce, even what he has shall be taken away from him.
(Mark 4:25)

If we seek to understand God’s Word
All things hidden will be revealed;
Just walk in the light and be assured
Your salvation will be fulfilled.

Jesus said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put under a bushel basket or under a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.” He continued, “Consider carefully what you hear. With the measure you measure, it will be measured out to you — and even 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.” (Mark 4:21-25)

Reflection

What our Lord Jesus is saying in today’s Gospel passage is: whoever has learned the message of the Gospel is compelled to spread this Good News to others, for the Word of God can never be hidden, and its mysterious meanings will eventually enlighten all believers in His Good News. But only those who listen with a receptive heart and mind will be transformed. St. Paul said, “Do not conform yourself to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good, pleasing and perfect.” (Rom. 12:2) And only those who put God’s Word into action in their lives will be fruitful. In many of His parables, Jesus emphasized concrete action in order to become productive. In His parable of the talents, it is the servant who invests his master’s money who gets his master’s reward. It is the wise builder who builds his house on a rocky foundation. It is the diligent trader who seeks and finds the pearl of great price, and sells all of his possessions to acquire it. It is the vigilant bridesmaids who bring extra oil who are not left out of the wedding party. And it is the man who is willing to take up his cross to follow Jesus who will be worthy of Him and His kingdom.

Whoever produces, to him shall more be given; and whoever does not produce, even what he has shall be taken away from him. It’s the simple principle of progression in everything in life. For instance, in my younger days as a runner, I learned that the more regularly I ran, the stronger my muscles and cardiovascular resistance grew. And the farther and faster I was able to build up my mileage and time. (However, now that I’m in the sixth decade of my life’s marathon, I have learned to be more prudent in my running, although I can still finish 20 kms. with a respectable time.)

The same goes for our faith to grow stronger. Unless we practice it constantly in good works, prayers, and in evangelization, we cannot expect spiritual growth and productivity. Instead, without exerting any effort, our faith, like idle muscles will tend to atrophy. Jesus said, “Give and it will be given to you, and you will receive in your sack a good measure, pressed down, full and running over.” (Lk.6:38) As we give ourselves to the Lord, the Lord will give Himself to us. More than material goods, He will give us more in wisdom and revelation. May we be Christ’s light-bearers to counter the gloom and darkness of a world in sin.

Lord, Your Word is the guiding light of my life. Let me never fall into the darkness of sin again, so that I may see Your ways clearly and discern fully Your will. Help me to radiate the light of Your Word to others in all that I say and do. Amen.

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