No one who lights a lamp conceals it

Published September 20, 2021, 12:05 AM

by Manila Bulletin


Reflections today

One of our main tasks in this world is to discover what gifts or talents God has given us. Some talents are right away discernible from childhood; but others seem to need some “plowing” or “cultivating” so they could develop, bloom, and bear fruit. These talents are meant to be shared with others and, to use St. Paul’s terms, for the upbuilding of the Church. Hence, they are not meant to be hidden, to be kept or stored, but put at the service of the Church or society. It would be a tragedy if we had so much talent and yet kept it only for ourselves or simply hid it! Jesus reminds us that we should actively promote the use and sharing of our gifts. This is a life lived to the full. But if we deprive the world of our gifts, so to speak, then in the end, we would be deprived of everything, too. This world is a place for service, love, and creativity — not for idleness, selfishness, and complacency. Do you have some talent perhaps that you are keeping to yourself? Why don’t you share it now?

GOSPEL • 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 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.”

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