By Chris D’Souza

And he said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a bushel, or under a bed, and not on a stand? For there is nothing hid, except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret, except to come to light. If any man has ears to hear, let him hear.” And he said to them, “Take heed what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. For to him who has will more be given; and from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” (Mk 4: 21-25)

Recently I read about some new scientific advancement in the area of neuroscience and technology: Facebook's mysterious hardware division is working on tech to read brain waves that could let users send thoughts to each other. If implemented, this could, in simple language, mean that I might soon be able to read your thoughts and you could read mine, probably subject to some permissions and regulations.

We don’t know if this project will succeed, but neuroscience engineers are already being recruited for open positions in the project. Just imagine if your family, friends, colleagues knew exactly what you think about them!

Scary, isn’t it?

In the Gospel reading above Jesus tells us: There is nothing hidden except to be made visible; nothing is secret except to come to light.” All our deepest thoughts and desires are laid bare before an all-seeing and knowing God, before whom we will all have to give account.

Sobering, isn’t it?

But think about it, if we want our “inside” to be as clean as our “outside,” if we want our “light to shine,” the only way is to aim at transparency between our intentions, thoughts and actions.

Recently we marked the 68th anniversary of India’s complete transition into becoming a sovereign self-governing nation. But let us remember that the biggest challenge is for each of us to be able to govern ourselves – to live in integrity, honesty and transparency.

Prayer: Lord, I do admit I struggle in this area, but with your grace, let my thoughts, intentions and inner world be filled with honesty, integrity and congruence with my words and actions so that I may mirror You and be bold, fearless and loving in all my interactions. In Jesus name, Amen