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Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Mk 4:21-25): Jesus said to his disciples, “Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed." Jesus said to his disciples, “Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lampstand? For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible; nothing is secret except to come to light. Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear.”

He also told them, “Take care what you hear. The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you, and still more will be given to you. To the one who has, more will be given; from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

Illustration: Fr. Lluís Raventós Artés

Today, Jesus continues describing us how Christian life should be like. We are like a lamp that burns and shines. But so that it lightens better we have to place it on top of some furniture. Would it have any sense to light it and place it under the bed…? It would be absurd! And it is equally absurd that a Christian “hides” in spiritual tepidity: I do not cooperate but I am not bad either…

—Either I am good, or I am not useful. We have to be the light and joy of the world.