Reflection Thursday Week 3 Year C- Fr. Michael U. Udoekpo
Readings: Hebrews 10:19-25; Ps 24:1-4ab,5-6 and Mark 4:21-25
A lamp to my feet and a light to my Path
This Psalm 119, an alleluia verse at this Mass sheds light on the readings of today, from the Letter to the Hebrews and Mark's gospel. It gives us the meaning who Christ. He is a lamp to our feet and a shinning light to our paths.
It was on the sacrifice of the cross that God’s ultimate love was revealed. This sacrifice of Christ is the living entrance to the face of God that we long to see (psalm 24:6). Just as the rending of the Tabernacle veil in the old law opened the way to the presence of God, so the laying down of Christ life, body on the cross give us entrance to God. Jesus is also the person who can really cleanse our thoughts and desire and purifies our minds. With this purification he reminds us of our duty to worship God. We are reminded of the duties we owe one another- to love, to encourage, unite, worship together and to be a source of inspiration for one another(Heb 10:19-25).
And this is well expressed in the parable of the lamp today, " is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lamp stand?" The answer is no, for there is nothing hidden except to be made visible, nothing secret except to come to light.
Let us go out there and share our talents (1 Cor12-14). Let us go out there and sacrifice our time, our energy, our wisdom, our insight in the name of Christ and for the service of our communities. Let us go out there and encourage one another. Let us go out there and shine the light of Christ in our neighborhood and surrounding nations, for Christ is a lamp to our feet and a light to our paths.