Salt of Earth and Light of World – Feb. 9, 2014

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Gospel Mt 5:13-16

Soon after having proclaimed
the Beatitudes, Jesus
challenged his disciples to be
“salt of the earth” and “light of
the world.” Such is the mission
he assigns to us today.

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
You are the light of the
world. A city set on a mountain
cannot be hidden. Nor do they
light a lamp and then put it
under a bushel basket; it is set
on a lampstand, where it gives
light to all in the house. Just so,
your light must shine before
others, that they may see your
good deeds and glorify your
heavenly Father.”

As we have accepted the truth that Jesus is the one source of light that we cannot do without, we are enjoined to become the salt of the earth and the light of the world ourselves. While actual salt preserves food, we as the salt of the earth should be instruments as well of preserving our faith. As a light of the world through living a life centered on Christ, we are able to offer illumination in the threat of darkness presented by sin.

Any one can do this in his or her own capacity, where location and time does not matter. This message is especially directed to the laity who have a very special role in spreading the word of God. Religiosity and spirituality need not be confined among priests and other religious workers. Every faithful is given that extraordinary chance to participate in the mission. To be the salt of earth and light of world is a challenge we must take.

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