O Lord, put your light on the lampstand of my heart.
Picture Jesus speaking to the disciples.
This text is really four different sayings which Mark links by opposite words, like hidden/revealed and given/taken away. They are all teachings about the Kingdom.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)
- In Palestine, a lit candle was put under a basket or a bed, so the people could sleep. That, however, is not where the light of the Kingdom belongs.
- When the Kingdom comes, all will be revealed.
- The disciple must not stay in the darkness.
- Jesus constantly warns. When he gives us his Kingdom we have a responsibility to accept the favor.
- A limited acceptance of the Kingdom means limited blessings (the measure by which you measure).
- If you receive the Kingdom abundantly, you will receive more. If you seek only a little, you will probably lose that also, because you did not appreciate the gift.
Affection: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Jesus, let the light of your Kingdom dominate all my desires.
- You see everything, Jesus. You see my desires, my thoughts, my words, my deeds. Nothing is done in darkness.
- When you speak, let my ears hear and my heart respond.
- Your Kingdom is everything to me. I seek nothing else.
- O Jesus, I will make more room in my heart for your Kingdom.
- Multiply the favors of your Kingdom. Never take away what I treasure so much.
Resolutions: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
+ I will examine my heart. Do I seek only God’s Kingdom?
+ I will walk in light and in truth, never in darkness and in lies.