The Measure of our Faith


Mark 4: 21-25
2 Sm 7: 18-19,24-29 / Ps 132

For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has shall be taken away from him.
(Mark 4:25)

For those who seek to know God’s Word
All things hidden will be revealed;
Walk in the light and be assured
Your salvation will be fulfilled.

(Jesus said to His disciples), “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand? For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” And He said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away from him.” (Mark 4L21-25)

Reflection

What our Lord is saying in this 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 Christ Jesus. But only those who listen with a receptive heart will be transformed. 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 alert 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, as a runner, I’ve learned that the more regularly I run, the stronger my muscles and cardiovascular resistance grow. And the farther and faster the mileage and time. In the same manner, our faith can grow stronger only if we practice it constantly in good works, prayers, and in evangelization. God does not want us to be complacent and mediocre in the practice of our faith. How else can we expect dynamic growth and productivity if we live a passive spiritual life?. Without exerting any effort, our faith, like idle muscles will simply weaken and atrophy. Let us therefore “stretch out” of our comfort zones, and take the challenge of winning the marketplace for Christ!

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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