Jan 28 (Mk 4:21-25)

A little story goes of a young boy who went, one summer, with his parents to Europe.

The family visited many of the great and majestic cathedrals. of the past.

The child was indeed awe struck and amazed to see the wonderful and glorious structures and  the massive stained glass portraits of various saints.

On returning back from the tour, the catechism teacher asked the child:
“So, I hope you had a lovely time, especially seeing so many spectacular churches and cathedrals.

What did you like most in them?”

The child answered:
” I very much liked and was impressed by the immensity and awesomeness of our God, in whose honour and name, these churches are built!”

With a glow in his eyes, the child added, ” And I also realised… what is a saint”.

Recalling the massive and beautiful stained glass windows, he said:
“A saint is a person, through whom the light shines!”

That was indeed an amazing observation…

A saint is a person, through whom the light shines!

>> The person who allows the radiance of God’s love to flow through…
>> The person who is pure and transparent to let the rays of God’s mercy to shine through…
….Such a person is a Saint!

The Gospel of the Day is an exhortation and a reminder by Jesus to become a “light to the other”

Jesus presents a simple parable, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a bushel or under a bed and not on a stand?” (Mk 4: 21)

In the ancient world, people did not have electricity like we have today.

Most homes would contain several oil lamps because olive oil was in abundance and therefore not expensive.
>> The oil lamps were the main source of light in every home.

These ancient lamps were usually oval shaped, and flat on top.

They were normally made of clay, but the more expensive lamps were made of bronze and sometimes even of gold.
>> Olive oil was available in abundance and therefore lamps were left on for long periods of time, and also gave off a sweet scent.

The Lord presents this common example of the Lamp to highlight…
… that Christian lives also ought to shine and glow
… that Gospel values cannot remain hidden and  concealed
… that the power of light, however, little, can dispel the gloominess of darkness

The world we live in is often in darkness and in obscurity.
>> As Christians, we have a duty and an obligation to hold alight the lamp.

>> The world often runs into the darkness of sin and evil practices…
… Can I be a lamp, bringing them to Christ’s light by my holy and sanctified life?

>> Many people are often forced to remain in the shadows of guilt, shame and abuse…
… Can I be a lamp, bringing them to Christ’s light by my prayers, sacrifices and good works?

The Lord is inviting us to let His light to pass through our actions, deeds and activities.
>> The Lord is inviting us to let His light illumine our thoughts, visions and mentalities.

Today we celebrate the Feast of St Aquinas , the great theologian Priest and patron of all students.

One day when St Thomas Aquinas was preaching to the local people on the love of God, he saw an old woman listening attentively to his every word.

Inspired by her eagerness to learn more about God whom she loved so dearly, he said to the people:
“It is better to be this unlearned woman, loving God with all her heart, than the most learned theologian lacking love!”

Let us lead a saintly life filled with love, and allow others to experience the Light of God’s love!
>> Let us be glowing with a holy life, to let others to see the Radiance of God’s Peace!

God Bless! Live Jesus!

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