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January 31, 2019: St. John Bosco, Priest

Reading Hebrews 10:19-25
Gospel Mark 4:21-25

“The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you….”

Jesus proclaims two truths for reflection today. Both might at first hearing seem to discourage the virtue of humility. But each prepares us for greater service.

When Jesus in today’s Gospel passage notes that a lamp is meant to be “placed on a lampstand”, He does not specifically refer to His disciples here as “the light of the world”, as He does in Matthew’s account of the Sermon on the Mount [Matthew 5:14-16]. Nonetheless, Mark’s text makes the inference clear. Disciples are not meant to hide themselves, their belief, or Christ from others in the world. On the contrary, they are called to share the Good News! This clearly stands in conflict with a culture dominated by moral and religious relativism.

Also, when Jesus in today’s Gospel passage notes that to “the one who has, more will be given” and “from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away”, some might accuse Jesus of being unfair. But what God gives, He gives for others: if He gives me a grace or charism, it is for others. Only in being faithful to serving others with what I have may I hope someday to reach Heaven. So in someone being given more, he is commanded to greater service of God and His people.