Posted by: livingscripture | June 9, 2015

Tenth Tuesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world…”         (Matthew 5: 13-14)

How should we live this Wordimage078- worship

 “Salt of the earth and light of the world” are stupendous and demanding words with which Jesus defines the identity of the Christian’s role.  Salt gives flavor to foods and makes them tasty.  In the same way, if the message Jesus brought is lived concretely in daily life, it gives meaning to all the events of our existence and helps other people to conform themselves to His message as well.

The light that comes from Jesus, who is the Light of the world, reveals the splendid color of the Gospel that chases away the darkness of error and the false ideologies that seek to overcome the Gospel.  Just as the windows of a Cathedral allow the sun to let its beautiful colors transpire, in the same way, the saints are the ‘transparency of God’ and this is how all Christians should be.

To be salt and light is a responsibility.  Christians bring others the flavor and light of the Gospel, but they themselves must be credible witnesses that the Gospel does give flavor to life and illumines every life situation.  If flavor is lost or the light is extinguished, Christians are not faithful to the task Jesus entrusted to them and they become insipid and dark.  They become the color of those who follow their own egoisms and the world’s logic.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I shall thank Jesus for trusting me so much and I will ask for His grace to truly be light and salt for this world.

O Lord, do not allow Your light to be extinguished in my heart or that Your salt become insipid.  Grant that I may reveal the beauty and flavor of Your message of joy and peace.

 The Voice of Pope Francis

How beautiful this mission is to give light to the world!  It is a mission that we have and it is beautiful!  It is also very lovely to preserve the light that we have received from Jesus, to safeguard it and to conserve it.  Christians must be radiant people who bring light, who always give light! It is not their light but it is a gift of God; and we bring this light.  If Christians extinguish this light, their life has no meaning.

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