The Parable of the Lamp

“The Parable of the Lamp”
A reflection on Luke 8:16-18
Monday of the Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 Gloria M. Chang

“No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light. Take care, then, how you hear. To anyone who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he seems to have will be taken away.”

Luke 8:16-18

The Son-Kissed Evangelist

Another version of today’s couplet reads:

As the sun pierces through clouds and mist,
God’s Light shines through the evangelist.

Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are known as the “Four Evangelists.”  An evangelist is a “bringer of good news” (from eu- “good” + angellein “announce,” from angelos “messenger, angel.” An evangelist—someone who has been touched by Jesus Christ (“Son-kissed”)— is a bearer of God’s light to the world.

Whoever has “ears to hear” and listens attentively will understand and perceive more. Hidden mysteries wrapped in parables will gradually come to light.

As the sun pierces through clouds and mist,
The Spirit’s Light shines through the Son-kissed.

Traditional Chinese Translation


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Meditation on Light, Series II, Day 5

One Reply to “The Parable of the Lamp”

  1. Dear GMC, Thank you for your reflection. It helps us leave indifference behind and gives us the courage to have our light shine to all we meet in the world. It helps us hear and listen and speak with joy. It helps us answer WWJD for ourselves and others in creative and thought-provoking ways. Appealing especially to the younger generations. Thank you, GMC!

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