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.”
As vocation director for the Diocese of Joliet, I regularly work with men and women whose mission it is to call others to lay down their lives for Christ. These are men and women who are on fire with the love of Christ and their light is shining brightly. They have not hidden their lamps. The love of Christ shines so brightly and naturally from a place deep in their soul.
As I am surrounded by men and women of faith, I am reminded of the early Christian communities just after Jesus ascended into heaven. They gathered together to listen to the Word of God and share the Eucharist. They encouraged one another in faith and in good works. They shared their goods in common.
These early Christians were blessed by God’s grace in order that the Good News would spread throughout the world. They lived lives that were not selfish at all. They poured themselves out for one another and for the Gospel. Many of them literally poured out their own blood for Jesus. And still today men and women around the world are laying down their lives for the sake of the Gospel.
“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.”
How generous am I with the gifts and blessings that God has given me? Everything I have comes from Him and in stewardship, I owe the Lord everything I am and all that I have. When we pour ourselves out and let His light shine in us, He will bless us more than we could possibly imagine. However, when we cling to the gifts and blessings and do not share them, they will be taken away and given to someone who will use them. A selfish life only leaves us void of joy and peace.
Is Christ’s light shining in and through you?
Or has sin or indifference dimmed that light?