He said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under the bushel basket, or under the bed, and not on the lampstand? For there is nothing hidden, except to be disclosed; nor is anything secret, except to come to light. Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”
And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. For to those who have, more will be given; and from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations.
Today’s readings offer us both encouragement and lots of faith. In the passage from the Book of Samuel, God establishes the house of Israel as the “line of David” forever. That’s quite a dose of encouragement for the Jewish people who were in a perpetual state of homelessness. And Jesus reminds us in the gospel that “the measure with which you measure out will be measured back to you. To the one who has, more will be given.”
In truth, each of us inherits that same promise of God’s overwhelming generosity to people of faith. As believers who have received so much, the personal challenge to respond in love is obvious. How can we possibly measure up?
Pope Francis reminds us that the poor so often show us how. Look around your neighborhood, even in your own school and home. Perhaps it is in small gestures of sharing and speaking, lifting a burden and offering support, listening first and then responding as possible that we share the Lord’s love. As always, the “poor” —however we find them—will show us the way.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
Lord, teach me to be generous, to serve you as you deserve: to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labor and not to ask for any reward, save that of doing your will.
—St. Ignatius Loyola (click here for a downloadable prayer card.)