Being Bold to Testify

Luke 8: 16-18
Prov 3: 27-34 / Psa 15

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed.
(Luke 8:16)


Let our light dispel the darkness,
Drive away evil where it thrives,
Live a life of truth and goodness;
And let God’s Word shine in our lives.

“No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him.” (Luke 8:16-18)

Reflection

Today’s Gospel tells us that as followers of Christ, we are expected to be witnesses for the Gospel, and as such we must declare and practice the values and ideals that we have learned from our Master and Savior. Foremost among these is the ideal of Truth. Jesus said, “I am the Way, and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (Jn.14:6). Jesus is the primary light of our life; through Him we find the way to the Father. He is the Source of all truth; there is no lie in Him, that is why we believe in Him and trust Him totally. His Truth is also what transforms us into a new, enlightened life. Having found this illumined life, how can we go back to the old ways of darkness, to the old sordid life of dishonesty and deceit? As Jesus said in another parable, “No one pours new wine into old wine skins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wine skins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved” (Mat.9:17). A renewed life should never go back to the old life, lest that life is ruined forever.

Heed the counsel found in the book of Proverbs: ”My son, if you accept my words, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding . . . then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. . . Then you will understand what is right, just and fair—every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart, knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you” (Prov.2:1-11). Wisdom, knowledge, understanding, discretion, insight, fear of the Lord – these are all fruits of the Truth, and the Truth is Jesus Christ.
In the parallel Gospel of Matthew, Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. . . In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matt.5:14,16). How do we make our light shine before men? First, by being truthful and honest in all our dealings. The principle of being honest in the practice of our businesses and professions– “even if others are not, even if others will not, even if others cannot”– is the battle cry of our brotherhood against dishonesty in the marketplace. Second, we must be bold to give witness, to declare our personal conversion. In our community, we accomplish this by sharing our life story in our breakfast meetings. Many have been touched and transformed in this unique culture of our brotherhood.

“Lord, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy mountain? Whoever walks without blame, doing what is right, speaking truth from the heart” (Psa 15:12). Grant Your servant this grace, my God, so that at the end of my days I may be worthy to enter Your kingdom. Amen.

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