Today's Gospel (Mark 4:21-25):
'Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Would you bring in a lamp to put it under a tub or under the bed? Surely you will put it on the lamp-stand? For there is nothing hidden but it must be disclosed, nothing kept secret except to be brought to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him listen to this.’
He also said to them, ‘Take notice of what you are hearing. The amount you measure out is the amount you will be given – and more besides; for the man who has will be given more; from the man who has not, even what he has will be taken away.’'
Are we sitting on the lamp-stand for our light to shine out? God has given us gifts, certain qualities and He wants us to use them in order to build up His kingdom. He wants us to let these gifts shine out as an example to others.
Think about our priests who have been blessed with the gift of following their vocation; blessed with being able to stand before us and bring us closer to Christ through Holy Mass and the Sacraments. They are a shining light.
Think about the various people in our parishes who work hard, often behind the scenes, to bring life to our parish and who undertake the various tasks required to keep the faith burning. They are a shining light.
Think about the people who work with the poor, be it the poor in spirit, the poor elderly, the poor young people, or the sick. People who give their time and effort to helping others in need. They are a shining light.
And as Jesus says, the more we shine the more oil will be given to us by God to keep our light burning.
Look out for shining lights as you go about your business today. Try to identify those little sparks of love, beauty and goodness. Imagine the Holy Spirit working through those people, giving them the energy to shine and to see it as a gift not necessarily for them, but a gift to share with others.