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Thursday, January 31, 2013

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St. John Bosco

Hebrews 10:19-25
Psalm 24:1-6
Mark 4:21-25

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"this little light of mine..."

"Is a lamp acquired to be put under a bushel basket?" —Mark 4:21

Are the benefits you receive from reading the Bible and this book "to be put under a bushel basket or hidden under a bed?" (Mk 4:21) "Is it not meant" for you to share what you have learned? (Mk 4:21) "Let him who has ears to hear Me, hear!" (Mk 4:23)

"Listen carefully to what you hear. In the measure you give you shall receive, and more besides" (Mk 4:24). The more you share your faith, the stronger your faith becomes. If you want to understand the Bible much more deeply, share God's word much more often.

If you let your light shine, your light will become brighter. "For God, Who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' has shone in our hearts, that we in turn might make known the glory of God shining on the face of Christ" (2 Cor 4:6). Share the Word of God more; shine more. Share Jesus.

Prayer:  Father, may I be "a bright light" that "will shine to all parts of the earth" (Tb 13:11).

Promise:  "We should not absent ourselves from the assembly, as some do, but encourage one another; and this all the more because you see that the Day draws near." —Heb 10:25

Praise:  St. John Bosco never gave up on any of the young people with whom he met, but always saw an opportunity for God's grace to be revealed.

Reference:  (Perhaps the opposite of letting our light shine is apathy. To combat apathy in our faith life order our tape Apathy on audio AV 61-3 or video V-61.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 27, 2012

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