Posted by: livingscripture | June 10, 2014

Tuesday of Week Ten in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


“Jesus said to his disciples: ‘You are the salt of the earth.  But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?  It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.  You are the light of the world…Just so your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father’.”

 (Matt 5: 13-16) 


How should we live this Wordimage078- worship

Today, Jesus addresses us, as His disciples, some stupendous words: salt and light.  The identity of a true disciple is a pinch of salt that melts into food, and a small flame that illumines the surrounding area.  The salt gives flavor to food and without it, food would be insipid, inedible.  The salt that Jesus offers us gives flavor and meaning to all the events of our existence on this earth.  Without it, our life in this world would have no taste.

The light that comes from the One who is the Light of the world, reveals things and colors.  Without it, we would be immersed in complete darkness.  What a responsibility to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth!  What can the Christian bring to the world?  We cannot bring gold or silver, nor noble bloodlines, nor race superiority, and not even a philosophical system for a purely worldly wisdom.

Christians can only bring their faith in Christ, true God and true man, but on the condition that it be true faith.  The salt disappears as it melts in the food, but it must remain salt, without losing itself.  Light reveals the beauty of things, but on the condition that it remain light and not be absorbed by darkness.  Blessed are those who have a large heart, capable of receiving Jesus and His salt and light to give flavor and light to everything!

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on this awesome trust, to be salt and light for the world where I live and work.

Lord, give me Your salt and illumine me with Your light so that I may give flavor to reality surrounding me and make my sisters and brothers shine with Your light. 

The voice of St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr 

Take salt in Him, Christ, so that no one may corrupt you because you will be judged by your smell.

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