Posted by: livingscripture | June 12, 2012

Tenth Tuesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“You are the salt of the earth.  But if the salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?”

                                                      (Matthew 5: 13)                                                                                                                                                                           

How should we live this Word

 

The image of salt is an original and suggestive way to describe the disciple faithful to the Kingdom.  In fact, salt gives taste and preserves from corruption.  Disciples are the salt of the earth if they flavor where they live and work and wherever they go through the witness of their life.  They proclaim with their life even more than with their words that the company of Jesus is stupendous!  They are full of joy, of balance, of love for everyone.  These are only a few of the virtues that grow from within the person who follows Jesus.

In this way, the disciples become light that radiates life around them.  The dynamic presence of Jesus in the heart inspires and continues the salvific work in the world through all those who receive it and guard it in a pure heart.

Just as the salt can lose its taste and become insipid, and light lose its radiance, so too the disciple can get lost in materialism and worldliness.

 

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on my life.  Am I salt and light for the world? 

Lord Jesus, help me to guard the values of the beatitudes in my life so that I may be a positive influence on those with whom I live and work. 

The voice of Anselm Grun, Benedictine Monk

 

For Jesus, the journey toward His goal passes through suffering, passes through death.  This is true for us as well who, with Jesus, reach God’s Kingdom through many difficulties.  Jesus is the principle of life.  As King, He opens the way toward true life.


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