“Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lampstand?”
We often think of the lamp hidden under the bed as a talent that we have never developed. It could be something else. Maybe it is something that we stowed away for a future time and then promptly forgot about. Or maybe it is something that a person is trying to hide and doesn’t want to deal with.
Usually, the something a person has hidden and doesn’t want to deal with is an issue that periodically gnaws at him/her. It could be a fault that the person is trying to ignore or an issue with another person. The truth is it won’t go away if it is ignored. Instead, it will continue to fester in the back of our mind until it is brought into the light. There it can be faced, dealt with, and put to rest.
Pulling that issue out and facing it head-on isn’t always easy. In fact, sometimes it can be very hard. Yet, dealing with difficult personal issues can ease that gnawing feeling. It may also develop into a talent that a person didn’t think she/he had. It may help the person accept themselves with all their foibles. Or in facing the issue with another person, it may develop into a relationship that has meaning.
All sorts of good may come from pulling out that something hidden under the bed and bringing it to light. Even if we choose not to deal with that issue now. It will probably haunt us later. After all, today’s gospel also says: