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European Day of the Memory of Shoah.

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

I am the good shepherd,
my sheep listen to my voice,
and they become
one flock and one fold.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Mark 4, 21-25

He also said to them, 'Is a lamp brought in to be put under a tub or under the bed? Surely to be put on the lamp-stand?

For there is nothing hidden, but it must be disclosed, nothing kept secret except to be brought to light.

Anyone who has ears for listening should listen!'

He also said to them, 'Take notice of what you are hearing. The standard you use will be used for you -- and you will receive more besides;

anyone who has, will be given more; anyone who has not, will be deprived even of what he has.'


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

I give you a new commandment,
that you love one another.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Jesus himself lived out this Gospel passage. Once he began his public preaching, Jesus did not cease walking the streets and squares of Galilee in order to communicate to all the closeness of the kingdom of God, that is, the Father’s love for everyone and especially for the poor. Truly the light came into the world and was no longer "under the bushel basket," but rather on the light stand. It is a light that shines in an extraordinary way. It is not reflected light, rather it begins on its own. Jesus radiates light, the clarity of God’s love. The crowds realized this to the point that they approached him from every side. The image of the light that exists to enlighten others is an apt description of Jesus’ life. Jesus is the true light that enlightens every man and woman. As John writes in the prologue of the fourth Gospel, Jesus did not come for himself; he did not become flesh in order to fulfil himself or even to affirm a personal project. Jesus has come on earth to enlighten men and women and lead them towards salvation; he has come so that, by listening to his word, all may walk along the paths of life and reach heaven. The disciples that he continues to call from generation to generation are invited to do the same: not to hide the light of the Gospel that they have received, nor to have narrow measures of its communication in the world. The disciples need to have the same generosity the Master had in communicating the Father’s love. Nothing should be hidden, and especially not love. This is why Jesus invites the disciples to pay attention to what they hear in the Gospel: they need to welcome what is so generously communicated to them and in their turn they must communicate it to others. Christian life is nothing else than a continuous communication of God’s love. And we should be careful for Jesus says: "To those who have, more will be given; and from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away." Love and generosity according to the Gospel cannot have restrictions and borders: the heart of the believer is universal and open to all.