content from Creighton University's Daily Reflections
Maryanne Rouse, Creighton's Heider College of Business
Today’s Gospel tells the familiar story of Jesus admonishing his listeners (that would include us) not to hide our “light” under a vessel, rather to place the light where it will allow others safe passage as they enter the room. This seems fairly obvious. So why does Jesus take time to mention it?
In chapter 19 of Luke, we find the Parable of the Pounds. You may recall that story also. Though this time, Luke spells out the teaching goal of the parable: “that the Kingdom of God would show itself then and now.”
Both parables end with this somewhat somber warning: “To everyone who has, more will be given; from those who have not, even what they seem to have will be taken away.” The steward who buried his allotment rather than investing it to gain interest for the landowner was sternly dealt with and once the light is gone, we are left with darkness.
Obviously, Jesus is using an analogy, not just discussing candlelights and pounds. Rather, these are gifts given to be used for building the Kingdom of God in the here and now whether they be talents, skills, family opportunities, excellent education, and so on.