Today is Thursday the 27 January, in the third week of Ordinary time.
The Community of Taizé sing Christe Lux Mundi: ‘O Christ, light of the world, whoever follows you will have the light of life.’
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Mark.
Mark 4:21-25 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.’
Jesus is speaking to the crowd about the kingdom of God using images drawn from their ordinary life. The position of an oil lamp in a darkened room where it can give the most light. The generous, or stingy, measuring out of grain in a marketplace. What do these images stir up in you? As you sit with these images – of precious light, of measuring out and receiving – what is striking you or getting your attention?
‘Take notice of what you are hearing,’ Jesus says in today’s reading. It is an invitation to pay attention to the impact his words have on us and our response to them. As you hear his words again, what do you notice?
What is your response to this Jesus who speaks in parables and who invites us to really listen? What have you heard with the ears of your heart? Take some time now to speak and listen to him.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.