January 26. Johnny posed a question for reflection and sharing.  “Is it good or bad to have or keep secrets?” That was not such a simple question as one might think, as in principle the truth needs to be told, but there are times when it is necessary to avoid disclosure to protect someone from harm. In politics as we have seen there is lying and fraud that absolutely has to be brought to light. But whistle-blowers may have to act in secret because it can be very dangerous and a risk to one’s life. Political opponents or criminal gangs do not have a conscience.    

Scripture.  Jesus said “is a lamp brought in to be put under a bed and not on a stand? For there is nothing hidden except to be made manifest, nor is anything secret except to come to light.  Mk 4:21-22 

Pope Francis. The United States bishops have said, greater attention must be given to the needs of the poor, the weak and the vulnerable in a debate often dominated by more powerful interests.   We need to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family.  There is no room for the globalization of indifference.   LS 52.  Reflect, share, act, pray.