Today’s gospel appears to state the obvious. A lamp is not good if it is unseen. If it gives off no light, it is no good. This seems more than obvious. Of course. But when we think about the light of faith, do we share that, or hide it? Do we want others to leave darkness behind? Or do we want to leave them in darkness?
It is only when we see faith as a light the end of the gospel makes sense. Of course, when people receive faith, they get more when they believe. Of course, people lose what little faith they have when they do not believe. But as Saint Paul reminds us, if people are not able to share the light, how are they to believe?