Sunday, February 5, 2017

Salt and Light

In today’s Gospel we continue the story of the Beatitudes.  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.  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." (Matthew 5: 12 – 16)

In this gospel reading we are called to action we are called to assume the responsibility that we are indeed the salt of the earth; we are the light of the world.  Jesus encourages us, like the disciples, to be sure that our light shines brightly before others so that we glorify our God of love and compassion.  We are called to action not to sit idly by we are called to take action.

As we look at the events of our world let us ask our God for support and guidance on how I can carry this action out.  In a world filled with so many difficult moments we are called to provide that light and salt for one another.  Let us always search for ways to live out the Beatitudes in our daily living. 
Pat Schifini, OSU

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