Posted by: RAM | September 18, 2016

Monday (September 19): “There is nothing hidden that will not become visible “

Mabuhay at Mabuting Balita!
Month of Our Lady of Sorrows
98 Days Before Christmas
Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 449

First Reading: Proverbs 3:27-34
Psalms 15:2-5:  The just one shall live on your holy mountain, O Lord.
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.”
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/091916.cfm

Reflection:  What does the image of light and a lamp tell us about God’s kingdom? Lamps in the ancient world served a vital function, much like they do today. They enable people to see and work in the dark and to avoid stumbling. The Jews also understood “light” as an expression of the inner beauty, truth, and goodness of God. In his light we see light ( Psalm 36:9). His word is a lamp that guides our steps (Psalm 119:105).

God’s light frees us from the blindness of sin so we can walk in truth and goodness
God’s grace not only illumines the darkness in our lives, but it also fills us with spiritual light, joy, and peace. Jesus used the image of a lamp to describe how his disciples are to live in the light of his truth and love. Just as natural light illumines the darkness and enables one to see visually, so the light of Christ shines in the hearts of believers and enables us to see the heavenly reality of God’s kingdom. In fact, our mission is to be light-bearers of Christ so that others may see the truth of the Gospel and be freed from the blindness of sin and deception.

Live in the light of God’s truth, beauty, and goodness
Jesus remarks that nothing can remain hidden or secret. We can try to hide things from others, from ourselves, and from God. How tempting to shut our eyes from the consequences of our sinful ways and bad habits, even when we know what those consequences are. And how tempting to hide them from others and even from God. But, nonetheless, everything is known to God who sees all. There is great freedom and joy for those who live in God’s light and who seek his truth. Those who listen to God and heed his voice will receive more from him – abundance of wisdom, guidance, peace, and blessing. Do you know the joy and freedom of living in God’s light?

“Lord Jesus, you guide me by the light of your saving truth. Fill my heart and mind with your light and truth and free me from the blindness of sin and deception that I may see your ways clearly and understand your will for my life. May I radiate your light and truth to others in word and deed.” http://www.rc.net/wcc/readings/sep19.htm  www.dailyscripture.net author Don Schwager © 2016 Servants of the Word

Saint of the Day: St. Januarius, Patron of blood banks; Naples; volcanic eruptions
St. Januarius was born in Italy and was bishop of Benevento during the Emperor Diocletion persecution. Bishop Januarius went to visit two deacons and two laymen in prison. He was then also imprison along with his deacon and lector. They were thrown to the wild beasts, but when the animals did not attack them, they were beheaded. What is believed to be Januarius’ blood is kept in Naples, as a relic. It liquifies and bubbles when exposed in the cathedral. Scientists have not been able to explain this miracle to date.  St. Januarius lived and died around 305 A.D. and his feast day is September 19th.
http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=355

More Saints of the Day
Bl. Alphonsus de Orozco
St. Arnulf
St. Emily de Rodat
St. Eustochins
St. Goeric of Metz
St. Januarius
St. Maria de Cerevellon
St. Peleus
St. Pomposa
St. Sequanus
St. Theodore of Tarsus
Bl. Thomas Akafuji
St. Trophimus

Let me be the change I want to be. Even if I am not the light, I can be the spark.  Follow Tweets by @TheOneKinEnt  @Pontifex @CardinalChito Manila, Philippines

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