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Contemplating today's Gospel

Today's Gospel + homily (in 300 words)

Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time

1st Reading (Prov 3:27-34): Refuse no one the good on which he has a claim when it is in your power to do it for him. Say not to your neighbor, «Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give», when you can give at once. Plot no evil against your neighbor, against one who lives at peace with you. Quarrel not with a man without cause, with one who has done you no harm. Envy not the lawless man and choose none of his ways: To the Lord the perverse one is an abomination, but with the upright is his friendship. The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked, but the dwelling of the just he blesses; when dealing with the arrogant, he is stern, but to the humble he shows kindness.
Responsorial Psalm: 14
R/. The just one shall live on your holy mountain, o Lord.
He who walks blamelessly and does justice; who thinks the truth in his heart and slanders not with his tongue.

Who harms not his fellow man, nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor; by whom the reprobate is despised, while he honors those who fear the Lord.

Who lends not his money at usury and accepts no bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be disturbed.
Versicle before the Gospel (Mt 5:16): Alleluia. Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father. Alleluia.
Gospel text (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."

“He places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light”

+ Fr. Joaquim FONT i Gassol (Igualada, Barcelona, Spain)

Today, a Gospel as brief as this one, is all the same rich in themes appealing to our attention. In the first place, “to give light”: everything is clear in God's eyes! Second great theme: Graces link together, if we are faithful to one, we receive one blessing after another: “Gratia pro Gratia” (Jn 1:16). And last, human language for divine and imperishable things.

God's Light for those joining the Church! Christian mothers, whispering in their children's ear, have been teaching them for centuries, expressive words, but most of all, they have been doing it with the ‘light’ of their good examples. They have also sown the typical popular and evangelic wisdom, compressed in many proverbs, as full of wisdom as of faith. One of these sayings is this: “Throw some light on, not smoke.” St. Matthew tells us: “…It gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father” (Mt 5:15-16).

Examining our conscience at dusk can be compared to the shopkeeper who counts up to check the fruit of his work. He does not start by asking: —How much have I lost today? He rather wonders: —How much money did I make today? And immediately after, he may add: —How can I make more tomorrow, what can I do to improve? To finalize our working day we may end it with a thanksgiving prayer and, in contrast, with an act of love and regret. —I regret not having loved more and hope to start tomorrow a new day to please Our Lord, who always sees me, comes with me and loves me so much. —I want to provide more light and lessen the smoke from the fire of my love.

In family evenings, parents and grandparents have forged —and still do— the personality and compassion of today's children and tomorrow's men. It is worth it! It is urgent! The Virgin Mary, Morning Star, Virgin of Dawn preceding the Light of the Sun-Jesus, guides us and gives us her hand. “O Happy Virgin! It is impossible that he whom you have looked at, gets lost” (St. Anselm).

Thoughts on Today's Gospel

  • "And you, Christ, our gentle savior, in your kindness light our lamps so that they shine for ever in your temple and lighten our darkness and dispel the shadows of the world." (Saint Columbanus, abbot)

  • "A candle can only give light if it lets itself be consumed by the flame. It would remain useless if its wax failed to nourish the fire. Allow Christ to burn in you, even at the cost of sacrifice and renunciation." (Benedict XVI)

  • "There is an organic connection between our spiritual life and the dogmas. Dogmas are lights along the path of faith; they illuminate it and make it secure. Conversely, if our life is upright, our intellect and heart will be open to welcome the light shed by the dogmas of faith." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 89)