Daily Reflection for Thursday, January 30, 2020
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Thursday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: 2 Samuel 7:18-19, 24-29
Responsorial: Psalm 132:1-5, 11-14
Gospel: Matthew 4:21-25
Our reflection on Thursday’s readings:
“He said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lampstand? Mark 4: 21
Today’s Gospel from Mark brings back memories of a well-known song, “This Little Light of Mine.” This song, learned as a child in Bible School, remains as a constant reminder even throughout adulthood. Even more lyrics, “Hide it under a bushel, No! I’m gonna let it shine.” Christ is telling us to let our light shine for others through generosity and good works.
This parable of the lamp prompts us to think of a friend for whom we have much admiration. Frances, this caring, generous lady and strong believer was a neighborhood friend when I (Carlos) grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. Now, some sixty years later, this friend is a brightly shining light and a true God-send for my brother who is battling COPD. He has been in the hospital and is now in rehabilitation. Since my brother’s close relatives live some distance away, our long-time friend and her husband are the brightly-shining lights as they come to be at my brother’s side. They are at his side when conversing with doctors, nurses, and therapists. Unselfish of time, they have been there to offer prayers and have taken time to run many errands. We are certain that others with whom they come in contact are aware of their wonderful actions, not just words.
Only God knew some sixty years ago that their paths would cross again. This giving couple generously gave of themselves to co-create the best of God’s Kingdom. They are the lights that burn brightly as witnesses to faith in Christ. May they be an inspiration to enlighten others to let their lights so shine for Christ, our Savior!
May we live our lives so others may see His light reflected in us
May we be generous with our time for others
May we realize that we must be Christ’s hands and feet
May we let our light shine for Christ!
Dorothy and Carlos Alexander