A reading from the gospel according to Mark 4:21-25:
21 Jesus said to his disciples, “Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lampstand?
22 For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible; nothing is secret except to come to light.
23 Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear.”
24 He also told them, “Take care what you hear. The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you, and still more will be given to you.
25 To the one who has, more will be given; from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”
Reflection: More will be given
“Thy word is the lamp unto my feet and the light unto my path” says the Psalmist in Psalm 119:105. In the gospel reading above, Jesus is telling us to take care of what we hear. If we listen to His teachings and put them into practice, we will live in the light. On the other hand, if we shut our ears to Him, we will be living in darkness. The more we listen, the more we understand and the more we desire to keep listening to Him. Yet, if we stop listening, whatever we know of Him will be forgotten and gone forever.
The teachings of Jesus are to be shared to all. Thus, everyone on earth will be given the opportunity to know Him. Who will do it? The task of proclaiming the gospel is not delegated only to men in cassocks. Every Christian is called to witness to Jesus and His loving presence in his or her life. His followers are instructed to go to the whole world and proclaim the Good News (Mark 16:15). Just imagine if every Christian were to shine, what a bright world we would have!
There is joy in knowing Jesus. If we give more time to Him to speak to our heart, the more joy and wisdom we receive. The measure we give is the measure we get. The more we give to Him our time, talent and treasure, the more blessings we receive. When we share our blessings to others, we make their lives even brighter and the more contented we feel because we know we are doing our mission.