Jesus warns that disciples are rewarded or punished based on their efforts to evangelize others. Every Catholic man can grow in happiness by building the Virtue of Gratitude so he can always be grateful to Jesus for personally saving him and by seeking the Virtue of Hope so he can aways be protected from any temptation to take his own life. 

Liturgy

25th Week in Ordinary time – Monday – Lk 8:16-18

Commentary

After explaining the Parable of the Sower, Jesus reveals part of His strategy of evangelization to encourage the disciples and build their confidence. He begins with the example of a lighted lamp. The revelation of the Gospel (the light) maybe hidden in the near term to confound those who are evil (covered with a vessel or hidden under a bed) but God’s intention is for His truth to be known (seen) by all (put the lamp on a stand). 

Jesus prepares His disciples to be His Catholic Apostles, the men He will send to evangelize the world. With great diligence, Jesus deliberately takes them aside and patiently teaches them the deeper meaning of His parables. Jesus directs them to make His parables known broadly, but reveals that only men of good will and willing hearts will be able to fully receive His Truth. 

With the blessing of receiving the fullness of truth from Jesus comes great responsibility and accountability. Jesus reveals that the Apostles have been greatly blessed to receive His Gospel and vehemently exhorts them to be highly productive in proclaiming His Gospel to the world, promising that if they do so, they will be rewarded even more. He offers a frightening warning that if the Apostles are not productive in proclaiming the Gospel, the blessing they have received will be taken from them. He also offers the somber warning that those who do not receive the Gospel, will lose all that they have. 

Be awed by Jesus Christ

Marvel at how Jesus, Divine King and Leader, trains His disciples: using His experience gained through His Human Nature, Jesus carefully crafts His teaching to mix common themes (light/dark; manifest/hidden) with absurdity (covering a lit lamp) resulting in an impactful and memorable saying; Divine Judge, Jesus Warns His disciples to heed His words or risk loss and Warns of the severe loss to those who reject His Gospel.  

Do your duty as spiritual father to draw many to Jesus 

Realize: Despite Jesus’ clear command to evangelize, some Catholic men are lackadaisical in living up to their responsibility as spiritual fathers to share the gift of Jesus and His Gospel with their families, friends and many others; in the Judgment, every Catholic man should anticipate that Jesus will hold him accountable for his personal holiness and for the number of souls he evangelized and helped draw to Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church. 

Believe: Reflect upon your personal responsibility to Evangelize (CCC 429, 848-851, 905, 2044, 2225, 2472).

Pray: Jesus, Divine Evangelist, help me build the Virtue of Duty/Responsibility (a part of Justice) so I recognize and accept my personal duty to be a spiritual father who evangelizes many, understand that You will hold me accountable in the Judgment, and joyously and zealously bear witness to You in the world.

Fear Hell, have Faith and strive to do God’s Will

Realize: Jesus somberly warns Catholic men of the punishment that will come to those men who fail to evangelize, saying, “even what he thinks that he has will be taken away”, a sober warning about the loss of Heaven and the fires of Hell. 

Believe: Reflect upon Punishment (CCC 1828, 1964, 2090) and Hell (CCC 1033-1037).

Pray: Jesus, Divine Judge, help me build the Virtue of Faith so I believe in the Creed’s profession of my coming Judgment and the reality of the damnation to the fires of Hell, and believe that You will save me if I simply believe in You, repent, and do my best to joyfully do Your will by evangelizing and serving others.