The Gospel is the ending of the parable of the Sower. Jesus impresses on the crowd that they should be not only hearers but also active and fervent proclaimers of the Word. The Word of God is like a lamp that people receive from the Lord, and to serve its purpose its light must not be confined to Christians only, but must shine into the whole world. The followers of Christ must be both keepers and sharers of the Word. This is a mandate for all believers in Jesus, that his words and teachings be their guide in life. As the Psalmist puts it, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path” (Ps 119:105).
Gospel • Lk 8:16-18
Jesus said to the crowd: 16“No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. 17For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light. 18Take care, then, how you hear. To anyone who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he seems to have will be taken away.”
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