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Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time, September 25, 2023



Gospel Lk 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 lampstand 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."

Reflection


I enjoyed how poetic I found this reading to be. Jesus presented his message in a beautiful and profound way. He described how you wouldn’t hide a lamp when its purpose is to shine light. It can remind us of the importance of authenticity, showing others our inner goodness, and spreading our faith. Just as a lamp's purpose is to illuminate the darkness, our purpose is to share our goodness, love, and faith with others.


This line Jesus said really resonated with me…“For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light”. It reminded me of how omnipotent God is…there is no hiding, there are no secrets, he truly knows all. That might seem frightening or daunting to some, however I find it to be quite the opposite. It is something to take hope in, because he knows us, all of us inside and out and still loves us. Why would we not want to embrace the light of His wisdom and trust in His plan? We should seek out His guidance and strive to follow His teachings. By doing so, this can lead us to a path of greater understanding. One where we know our purpose, and can find more fulfillment in our lives because we find meaning in Him.


This passage to me is an invitation of sorts. One that invites us to live our lives in a way that reflects God’s love, grace, and truth, knowing that nothing remains hidden from Him, and that is something to take comfort in.

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