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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 29, A.D. 2004

Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:

2 Samuel 7:18-19,24-29
Psalm 132:1-2,3-5,11-14
Mark 4:21-25

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"Nothing is secret except to come to light."

Jesus is talking, in part, about our call to mission. Nothing is secret except to come to light. Here in His early stages of ministry where His almost universal command to all around is to keep quiet and don't make a fuss about what's happening. He knows that in the fullness of time, this secret kernel that has started to grow will burst forth with fruit. The time was not right at that moment. But the secret would soon no longer be secret.

We are the transmitters of the Light of Christ. Christ is the light who shines through us and it is our mission to make certain that that light is not hidden. We are to raise it high, to put it on a lampstand so that it might illuminate the entire house of God, the whole world.

And Jesus tells us that in the measure that we make this known, we'll be rewarded. Not with earthly riches and renown, but with and in our relationship to Jesus Christ and to the Father.

So, we would do well to follow the advice of St. John of the Cross in this matter. If we are to be panes of glass transmitting the light of Christ, we would do well to purge ourselves of all taint of self and sin, and let the light completely fill the pane so that the two seem to be of one substance. Let the light shine through as completely as possible and your joy will truly be in the service of the Lord.

- JuandelaCruz
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