Today is Thursday 31 January, the memorial of S. John Bosco.
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.
In his ministry, Jesus often instructs the people he helps not to say anything about it to anyone. It’s as though he is trying to keep his work secret. But it never works, and the word gets round quicker than ever. Maybe that is what he is talking about in this Gospel passage: you can’t cover up a shining light! You can’t keep secrets from getting out! Is that how you see the word of God? As a shining light? Do you sometimes feel yourself trying to cover it up?
This is a good message for us when we are worried that the Gospel may not be getting through to us. Jesus reassures us that the Word planted in our hearts always does its work. Looking back over your life can you see how Jesus has broken through to the surface after being hidden for a long period?... Might he even be hidden now, just waiting to reveal Himself?
As you listen again to the words of Jesus, look around you and see a world in which the divine light of Christ is veiled. Hear the promise of Jesus that “more will be given”. Note how your attitude to the world changes in the light of this promise.
Jesus reassures us that God will continue to pour out his grace on us by showing us His glory. Turn to the Lord now and share with Him your thoughts and feelings, your desires and anxieties. Ask Him, if you desire it, to show you His glory today.