This saying of Jesus penetrates and sees through us: ‘Would you bring in a lamp to put it under a tub or under the bed? Surely you will put it on the lamp-stand. ...The amount you measure out is the amount you will be given – and more besides.’
What we see, how we see – all, what is in us – ‘there is nothing hidden but it must be disclosed, nothing kept secret except to be brought to life.’
In our cyber age these words are more relevant than ever. Jesus speaks to us as living human beings: we are responsible for the ‘cyber content’ which gets into us. What we see, the way in which we see or don’t see profoundly affects what we give, and how we give.
It is a freedom fight for our eyes. Even if the new ‘cyber society of the spectacle’ is overwhelming, there is a way out. Looking upon the cross in our churches and chapels is the liberation. That unexplainable dialogue the image of the Saviour initiates in us restores our dignity – of our being slaves to the spectacles that surround us. Jesus simply says: your dignity is real. We are real, because of our ability to see what is essential, and to share our unmanipulated goodness. ‘The amount you measure out is the amount you will be given.’
These are verbal Icons, expressions of how the world is seen from Saint Augustine's..