Luke 8: 16-18
Jesus said to the crowd: "No one
who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or
sets it under a bed; rather, he places it
on a lamp stand so that those who enter may
see the light. For there is nothing hidden that
will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not
be known and come to light. Take care, then,
how you hear. To anyone who has, more will
be given, and from the one who has not, even
what he seems to have will be taken away."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, you dwell in brightness, truth and
love. Nothing makes sense without your love. Without you, Lord,
insipidity invades people, things and events. I believe that
you are my refuge and the source of my
happiness now and forever. I am convinced that your promises
will be fulfilled sooner or later; this is why
I prefer a single day in your courts than
a thousand elsewhere.
Petition: Lord, enlighten my mind and
heart to follow your path that leads to the
1. Torch Bearers: There are advantages to carrying
a torch in the dark. This common knowledge informed our
Lord’s address and helped him propose it to his
listeners. At night, a torchbearer sheds light so that
all who are with him can walk confidently, without stumbling
along a dark path. Time is not wasted stepping
insecurely and hesitantly; rather, the whole group walks purposefully
and goes quickly where it needs and wants to be.
When a group has a torchbearer, all in it
are relieved, including the torchbearer himself. This is the
value of my faith to a highly secularized society. Do
I nurture an appreciation for the gift of faith
that I have received from God? Am I afraid
to allow its light to shine?
2. Wisdom at its Best:
Jesus affirms, “For there is nothing hidden that will
not become visible, and nothing secret that will not
be known and come to light.” When I am not
praised and recognized by others, I might feel sad
or forgotten. This is when I need to shine
a lot of light to get out of that black
hole. Do my good works seem to go unperceived?
The Lord himself will expose them on the judgment day.
The more they are hidden from others now, the
more merits I will gain before God. All secrets
will be cracked open in the future. My duty is
not to crack them open now, but to keep
them hidden and to be a torchbearer for the journey
to that place of eternal reward.
3. A Rewarded Success:
“To anyone who has, more will be given, and
from the one who has not, even what he seems
to have will be taken away.” Here Jesus plumbs deeper
into what we have already reflected on. “To anyone who
has” obviously refers to the torchbearer who has successfully
led his band of friends. He will be entrusted with
more responsibility, or simply respected by the others. “…And
from the one who has not”: The torchbearer who can’t
keep his flame alive will be ousted. He will
be taken away. Do I staunchly live the fire of
the faith, or do I hesitate in witnessing to
Conversation with Christ: Lord, help
me to be a wise torchbearer. Do not allow
laziness and presumption to distract me from the basic
task of keeping my lamp filled with oil at all
times. Lord, give me a robust faith!
In my conversations today, I will bear witness
to the light by avoiding all slanderous talk, and I
will elevate the topics of conversation by talking about
things that could inspire others to praise God.