Posted by: livingscripture | January 31, 2013

Feast of St. John Bosco

From the Word of the Day

“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.”

(Mark 4: 24)


How should we live this Word image004-light to my feet

Jesus’ teaching in parables in Mark’s Gospel continues with expressions that are almost proverbial and with images that are taken from every day life like the lamp light, and the measure.  But the center of attention is on listening to the Word of the Master!  The efficacy of the teaching depends on adequate listening.  Today’s message using similes is close to the parable of the good soil.

We know the light is to shine forth daily for all to see.  We too are called to be light for others, and never to cause obscurity that will hinder anyone from bearing the fruit expected by the Lord.

Jesus further warns us that we must be attentive to how we listen as well and to what we listen.  An understanding ear is capable of discerning the content, choosing what is good and leaving aside what is not good.  We need to measure the possibilities for the seed to flourish and never make negative compromises with evil.  We will be measured on our openness to receiving and to sharing God’s Word.  We must be both the good soil and know how to discover other good soil in which to sow the Word.  All this is done in our daily life as we rouse ourselves and one another to love our God with our encouragement and example.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will verify my capacity to listen and to be a light for others as Jesus asks me.  I will ask Jesus to help me to be all He wants me to be. 

Lord, help me to be attentive to Your Word.  Let Your Word be a gift given without measure to others as light that illumines and warms.

The Voice of St. John Bosco, Founder of the Salesian Family

God said, ‘Give and it will be given to you’.  Thus we must “obligate” God with our good works.  To say to God, ‘If You do… I will’ is a diffident provocation.  We do not place conditions on God.  It is impossible that God will not hear those who abandon themselves completely to Him.



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