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Date:	1/28/99 12:55:41 AM Pacific Standard Time
From:	mtuazon@ix.netcom.com (Manuel Tuazon)
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Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (To the Greater Glory of God)

For: Thursday, January 28, 1998

Memorial: St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church

From: Mark 4:21-25

Parables of the Lamp and the Measure
[21] And He (Jesus) said to them, "Is a lamp brought in to be put under
a bushel, or under a bed, and not on a stand?  [22] For there is 
nothing hid, except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret, except 
to come to light.  [23] If any man has ears to hear, let him hear."  
[24] And He said to them, "Take heed what you hear; the measure you 
give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you.  
[25] For to him who has will more be given; and from him who has not, 
even what he has will be taken away."


21. A "bushel" was a container used for measuring cereals and
vegetables.  It held a little over eight liters (two gallons).

22. This parable contains a double teaching.  Firstly, it says that
Christ's doctrine should not be kept hidden; rather, it must be
preached throughout the whole world.  We find the same idea elsewhere
in the Gospels: "what you hear whispered, proclaim it upon the
house-tops" (Matthew 10:27); "Go into all the world and preach the
Gospel to the whole of creation..." (Mark 16:15).  The other teaching
is that the Kingdom which Christ proclaims has such ability to
penetrate all hearts that, at the end of time, when Jesus comes again,
not a single human action, in favor or against Christ, will not become
public and manifest.

24-25. Our Lord never gets tired of asking the Apostles, the seed which
will produce the Church, to listen carefully to the teaching He is
giving: they are receiving a treasure for which they will be held to
account.  "To him who has will more be given...": he who responds to
grace will be given more grace and will yield more and more fruit; but
he who does not will become more and more impoverished (cf. Matthew
25:14-30).  Therefore, there is no limit to the development of the
theological virtues: "If you say `Enough,' you are already dead" (St.
Augustine, "Sermon 51").  A soul who wants to make progress in the
interior life will pray along these lines: "Lord, may I have due
measure in everything, except in Love" ([Blessed] J. Escriva, "The
Way", 247).

Source: "The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries".  Biblical text
taken from the Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate.  Commentary
made by members of the Faculty of Theology of the University of
Navarre, Spain.  Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock,
Co. Dublin, Ireland.  Printed in Hungary.
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