3rd Week of Ordinary Time (31st January, 2019)
First Reading: Heb 10:19-25
Gospel: Mk 4:21-25
Today’s Gospel contains several wisdom sayings. First come advice for keeping the lamp on the lamp stand. Secondly there is a declaration of universal truth that nothing can be kept hidden but will be laid open and brought to light. Their gain there is the statement of truth that the measure one uses for others will be the measure one would get back. Then at last we have a statement, “anyone who has, will be given more; anyone who has not, will be deprived even of what he has” (MK 4:25). Now let us just pay attention to the last statement. In fact, all synoptic gospels make mention of this statement.
The first understanding of this saying, , “anyone who has, will be given more; anyone who has not, will be deprived even of what he has” will lead people to understand that this is not a correct principel.ikt would look as if it is in support of some capitalistic principle were the rich becomes richer and the poor the poorer all the more. Many would question how it is justified to give to him who has and take from him who has not? This comes also reflected in the parable of talents (Lk 19). When the person who had one talent without investing gave it back to the own, the latter took it away from him and gave it to the one who make more of what was given to him. This can e understood from an interpretation given by Rabbi Jose Ben. When a woman asked for explanation of Dan 11:21 which says: “He gives wisdom to the wise”, he answered her with a parable. it said, of two people come to borrow money from you, one rich and the other poor, to whom would you lend; the richer or the poorer? She replied to the rich man. Why he asked? To which she answered, because he has the wherewithal to repay me but if the poor man loses my money from where can he repay me? Similarly, God would give wisdom to the wise who sits in synagogue and meditate upon and. Where as if he would give to the fools, they would idly sit in the pathways or privies and meditate upon it and there would be of no use in any situation.
Similarly, in the context of today’s gospel too, we can say that grace and blessings about those who utilize them according to the will of God. God grants to all people His grace equally. However not all are able to experience it. Such could be because either they remain in such state of life that does not befit the reception of His grace or that the thing they receive do not share with others for His glory and for other’s benefit. We need also to pray for reception of His grace but also the ability to share it with other. Most of the time we only look at what others have or criticise the disposition of others than appreciating what God has already given us. Let us really appreciate what God has given us, utilise them for His glory so that w may be given more and more. Amen.