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Shedding the Bushel Basket in the Pursuit of Wisdom


To the one who has, more will be given: from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” ~ Mark 4:25

Today’s Gospel (Mark 4:21-25) speaks to the importance and subsequent urgency with which you and I must pursue the gift of wisdom. Jesus begins his discourse with the disciples on hand by asking a very simple question:

“Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lamp stand?”

From time to time, you will encounter people in your life who speak of the importance of being “a shining light on the hill.” This is a great metaphor for a person who looks to shed the light of God’s truth within and upon a world that’s largely blind or apathetic to it. They do so as an act of love, eagerly serving as that beacon of the light of truth to everyone that God has carefully and meticulously placed in their paths. Cherish these people, keep them in your lives, and seek to emulate them; they possess abundant wisdom. In many respects, wisdom breeds wisdom. The pursuit and accumulation of this great gift sparks the desire within its recipient to acquire even more. It rubs off on those to whom it’s shared.

This contagious vibe is fueled by our Lord’s generosity in lavishing this virtue upon anyone who simply asks God for it. A prayer which seeks to know and understand God in a deeper and more profound way will undoubtedly be answered, of this you can be sure. For neither does our Lord look to bury His Divine Revelation under a bushel basket.

Furthermore, as the quote I chose to kick off today’s reflection would seem to indicate, wisdom is something of a use it or lose it virtue. The moment we cease to hone, refine and pursue it, we stop growing in our understanding of God on all levels, whether it be his divine mercy, his plan for us, or even his rightful place in our lives.

So pray for the gift of wisdom. Pray that this most highly coveted gift of the Holy Spirit may be poured upon you and your loved ones abundantly and unceasingly. It is, after all, one of the greatest of gifts, offered generously and unceasingly by the purveyor of all good gifts.

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“I bend my knee and receive Your truth
I open my ears and receive Your counsel
I open my heart and receive Your eternal wisdom
.” ~ Amen

”A lamp to my feet is your word, a light to my path.” ~ Psalm 119

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