A reading from the Book of Proverbs 3:27-34
The wilful wrong-doer is abhorrent to the Lord.
Do not refuse a kindness to anyone who begs it,
if it is in your power to perform it.
Do not say to your neighbour, 'Go away! Come another time!
I will give it you tomorrow', if you can do it now.
Do not plot harm against your neighbour
as he lives unsuspecting next door.
Do not pick a groundless quarrel with a man
who has done you no harm.
Do not emulate the man of violence,
never model your conduct on his;
for the wilful wrong-doer is abhorrent to the Lord,
who confides only in honest men.
The Lord’s curse lies on the house of the wicked,
but he blesses the home of the virtuous.
He mocks those who mock,
but accords his favour to the humble.
The Word of the Lord.
The just will live in the presence of the Lord.
1. Lord, who shall dwell on your holy mountain?
He who walks without fault;
he who acts with justice
and speaks the truth from his heart;
he who does not slander with his tongue. Response
2. He who does no wrong to his brother,
who casts no slur on his neighbour,
who holds the godless in disdain,
but honours those who fear the Lord. Response
3. He who keeps his pledge, come what may;
who takes no interest on a loan
and accepts no bribes against the innocent.
Such a man will stand firm for ever. Response
Jm 1: 18
By his own choice the Father made us his children by the message of the truth,
so that we should be a sort of first-fruits of all that he created.
Mt 5: 16
Your light must shine in the sight of men,
so that, seeing your good works,
they may give the praise to your Father in heaven.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 8:16-18
A lamp is put on a lamp-stand so that people may see the light when they come in.
esus said to his disciples: 'No one lights a lamp to cover it with a bowl or to put it under a bed.
No, he puts it on a lamp-stand so that people may see the light when they come in.
For nothing is hidden but it will be made clear,
nothing secret but it will be known and brought to light.
So take care how you hear; for anyone who has will be given more;from anyone who has not, even what he thinks he has will be taken away.'
The Gospel of the Lord.
Gospel Reflection Monday, Twenty Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Luke 8:16-18
n today’s gospel reading, Jesus tells us that a lamp is meant to be put on a lamp-stand so that people may see the light when they come in; a lamp is not intended to be covered with a bowl. Jesus is suggesting that if the lamp of faith is lit in a human life, it is not meant to be hidden but to keep on shining and spread light. That lamp of faith was lit in our own lives at baptism. When we come of age we have the responsibility of keeping the light of faith, the light of the Lord, burning brightly so that it shines through a life that is shaped by our faith. On another occasion Jesus said, ‘let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven’. The light that shone upon us at baptism is to shape how we live, our works. Today’s gospel reading reminds me of a reflection by Marianne Williamson, ‘We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It‘s not just in some of us: it’s in everyone. And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others’. The conclusion of today’s gospel reading reminds us that the more we give in terms of letting the light of our faith shine before others, the more we will receive from the Lord and the brighter the light of our faith will become, ‘for anyone who has will be given more’
The scripture readings are taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE
, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers. http://dltbooks.com/
The Gospel reflection comes from: Weekday Reflections for the Liturgical Year 2017/2018; ‘LET THE WORD OF GOD DWELL IN YOU'
by Martin Hogan,
published by The Messenger c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop/