Are we hiding from our faith in Christ Jesus? Being a disciple of Jesus can be hard at times. We are likely, in these days, to be called superstitious, foolish or worse. Many people in our culture treat us with disdain, believing in their hearts that there is no God except themselves. Do we have the courage to stand tall in the face of this animosity of others? Today’s gospel passage from Mark gives us the answer with which we must witness to the world.
Jesus said to his disciples,
“Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket
or under a bed,
and not to be placed on a lampstand?
For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible;
nothing is secret except to come to light.
Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear.”
He also told them, “Take care what you hear.
The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you,
and still more will be given to you.
To the one who has, more will be given;
from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”
Our light is derived from our relationship with Christ. Without this light the world would be a cold and dark place without hope. We are called by our baptism to be courageous workers in the vineyard, no matter the judgment of scoffers and non-believers.
The work is hard but the reward is greater than anything we can imagine. We can do it. We must do it. Souls are at stake. Or do we take the easy route and hide our light, and his, under a bushel basket?