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“No One Lights A Lamp”

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  • September 24, 2012
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The parable of the Sower which just precedes this passage, is a metaphor for how God’s word is received in the heart of the disciple. There are different levels of receptivity and generosity, and “the seed in good soil represent those who bring a good and honest heart to the hearing of the word…”

The parable of the Sower, and its sequel, the light on the lampstand, are both teachings on discipleship.

A good disciple, so the metaphor continues, is like a lamp on a lampstand. It is placed in a prominent place in the hall or in the doorway, so that all can see it and can be guided by its bright light. So too the exemplary life of the disciple. It is meant to be a beacon pointing to the kingdom and its values. The true disciple does nothing to be ashamed of. As one doesn’t hide a lamp under the bed, neither should the disciple conceal his life or his words. This is not an invitation to brash publicity, but rather an encouragement to us all to acknowledge God’s workings in our lives with gratitude and transparency.

The last statement in this passage contains the paradox often found in the teachings of Jesus. Greater receptivity to God’s word brings an increase of grace, “the man who has, will be given more.” Carelessness in attending to his word means that even the slightest inspirations received, will dry up and vanish altogether.
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