The WORD in Other Words by Fr Glenn Paul Gomez SVD for Thursday Week 3 in Ordinary Time
The Gospel reminds us of three practical but very important things.
First: Light is placed on a lamp stand. Two intriguing scientific theories say that dark matter and dark energy comprise 95% of the entire multiverse! Only 5% is observable and could be seen. No wonder we are surrounded by darkness. And this darkness affects our emotions, thoughts and behaviors. Although we cannot “fight” darkness by shooting or cutting it off, darkness could be easily “wiped out” by light! Don‘t hide the light nor let the darkness prevail — put it on a lampstand and darkness will be gone!
Second: Every secret will be revealed. In Filipino, we say: May tainga ang lupa may pakpak ang batita (literally: the ground has ears, news has wings). Knowing the human propensity to reveal secrets, every secret will soon be revealed. Bad secrets revealed will lead to the downfall of some. But for those who have no skeletons in the closet, their good works become the light of the world. Good works done in secret give more light, power and inspiration.
Third: A reminder — “To the one who has, more will be given; from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” Every kind act has its own corresponding blessing. More works of mercy, more blessings. Needless to say, every evil and scrupulous act is a minus.
Jesus‘ faithful followers keep spreading the light of Christ. How about us? Do we shine brightly for others?