Mk 4:21 – 25

And he said to them, Is a lamp brought in to be put under a bushel measure, or under a bed, not in the lamp-stand? What is hidden, is hidden only so that it may be revealed; what is kept secret, is kept secret only that it may come to light. Listen, all you that have ears to hear with. And he said to them, Look well what it is that you hear. The measure in which you give is the measure in which you will be repaid, and more will be given you besides. If a man is rich, gifts will be made to him; if he is poor, even the little he has will be taken away from him.

In Conversation with God:

To him who has, more will be given; and from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. Saint John Chrysostom comments: To him who is diligent and fervent will be given all the things that depend on God; but to him who has no love or fervour and who does not do what depends on him, what belongs to God will not be given him. For ‘even what he thinks he has will be taken away’ …  says the Lord, not because God takes it away from him, but because he is incapable of receiving fresh graces…

This is a basic teaching for the interior life of every Christian. To him who corresponds with grace, more grace will be given, so that he will have still more grace. But he who fails to make the inspirations, motions and help of the Holy Spirit bear fruit will become even poorer… Interior life, like love, is destined to grow: If you say ‘enough’ you are already dead. The interior life demands progress, correspondence, being ready to receive new graces. If you don’t go forward, you go backwards…

All we have to offer God each day are little acts of faith and love… Many little things done with love and for love comprise our treasure for this or that day, which we will carry with us into eternity. Our interior life is normally nourished by little things carried out with love and attention…

Love always calls for more love…

‘Cor contritum et humiliatum, Deus, non despicies.’ A humble and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.


Christ brings to our attention two senses, seeing and hearing. The throne of David is Humanity. We hear the Word and see the Word made Flesh and receive Him. How do we allow Christ to take Flesh in us?



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