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dc.contributor.authorLee, Mike, S.J.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 320en_US
dc.description.abstract"Is a lamp brought in to be put under a bushel basket or under the bed, and not on the lampstand?" (Mark 4:21)||Light can be measured in terms of candle-power. Candles give warm light, a light of hospitality when guests grace our table and a soft light to help us relax. Did you happen to see candles in the windows of homes just before Christmas? Those candles threw their beams in a religious light reminding us of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. It seems candles are a staple of church services, and for Catholics a vigil light burns around the clock in the sanctuary of every church reminding us of Christ's enduring real presence in the blessed sacrament. Somehow candlelight or lamplight pleases people.|Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, says God's love is like the rays of the sun. Though a lesser light, candles are like the sun in that their warmth can soothe our spirits and give us a feeling of safety or comfort. Following the old adage, "Allow scripture to interpret scripture," many passages invite us to walk as children of the light following Jesus who is our light and our salvation.|Why then do we sometimes fear the faith and the good gifts that God has rained down upon us? I am told that Nelson Mandela told his fellow citizens of post-apartheid South Africa that their greatest fear is that they are talented beyond belief. In other words, we can be afraid to shine and we can hide our good gifts fearing that they will not be reverenced by others.|Yet, the passage from the Gospel of Mark seems to invite us to shine and to share the bright beams of God's love that brighten our spirits with those who are most in need. Somehow by shining with God's gifts to us of joy, faith, hope and love, we can help to exile the heavy, oppressive spirits that burden others. Allowing our faith to shine against the night is one of the gospel's invitations this day.|But is this invitation one that each of us might consider bringing into our everyday lives? Perhaps God's goodness shines through us in our prayers for those in need or for young people. Maybe our faith shines by helping a fellow employee with a personal problem and then offering to pray with them. Possibly it is to invite God into an impossible situation with a family member so that the silences that can grow up between people will be smashed. Maybe we can shine by taking the time to listen to a child or to an elderly parent.|The evangelist invites us to place our lamp on a lampstand so that it will give light to all in the house. How is God this day inviting us through the needs of those around us?en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Thursday, January 27, 2000: 3rd week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorLee, Michael, S.J.en_US Timeen_US 3en_US
dc.subject.local12 Samuel 7:18-19, 24-29en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 132:1-2, 3-5, 11, 12, 13-14en_US
dc.subject.local4Mark 4:21-25en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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