Today is Thursday the 30th of January, in the Third Week of Ordinary Time.

Tenebrae, directed by Nigel Short, sing “joyful light” from Rachmaninoff’s Vespers.   “Joyful light of the holy glory of the immortal one.”  As I look around me now, can I sense that light, that holy presence here, and invite God’s joyful light into my life?

Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Mark.

Jesus makes a little joke here, about what you are supposed to do with a lamp.  Jokes can often make a very important point.  What’s the point that he’s making here?

Jesus speaks of a contrast, between what is “hidden” and “secret”, and what is “disclosed” and “comes to light”.  What is his message here, do you think?

You might have notice the emphasis Jesus places at the end of the passage: he speaks twice of “measure”, and twice he mentions the word “have”, and twice he says “given”.  What’s going on here, do you think?

Now listen once more to the passage, and ask yourself: is there one word that sums up what Jesus is trying to tell us?

Finally, listen to what you have been feeling in the last few minutes.  Try to express that in a prayer to God.