January 26 2023 Gospel Reading and Reflection

1/26/2023 (Thursday) Today’s gospel reading: 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.”

1/26/2023 (Thursday) Today’s gospel reflection: Mark 4:21-25

The gospel reading above is placed between the readings on seed and growing. Therefore let us understand the teachings of Jesus about light and listening in the context of receiving the gospel message and sharing it to others.

Jesus is the Word made flesh and He is the Light of the world (John 1:1-14). His words are life and light. When we receive Him and His teachings, we don’t keep Him to ourselves. We must share what we receive to others so they too will have life and light. This is the way to bear fruit. Otherwise, we are useless “lamps” with no light. The Word of God is like a skill. Use it or lose it.

Jesus says, “Take care what you hear. The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you and more will be given.” This is the art of listening. If we listen carefully to His words, we will understand better and more insights will be given to us. We know of so many people including students who hear but not listen. When pastors, priests, and teachers speak, many in the audience are simply not paying attention. They are just busy with their cellphones or even talking to each other. These people are not the good soil.

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