Gospel Reading: Mark 4:21-25 Reflection:
Today we are told of two important aspects of Christian living and both are concerned with judgement. The first is that no one lights a lamp to put it under a bed, they put it on a lamp stand “for there is nothing hidden but it must be disclosed, nothing kept secret except to be brought to light.”
Jesus is plainly telling us that everything shall be accounted for, the good and the bad, and that there shall be a day of judgement for all to see.
The second part of the gospel is along similar lines. “The amount you measure out is the amount you shall be given.”
Jesus is talking about the way we relate to others and how we judge them: we shall receive mercy in the degree to which we have given mercy.
Not many people find it easy to forgive but it is a command of God not an optional extra. Forgiveness is tough but we have to make a choice to forgive and then ask God to help us mean it.
Jesus goes on to warn those who do not forgive that ‘he who has will be given more, from he who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”
In our Christian lives, now, we are to practice all the good virtues here on earth if we expect to receive them in heaven.