Mt 5:13-16 Salt Of The Earth

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Jesus said to his disciples:  “You are the salt of the earth.  But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?”

You are the salt of the earth.  Compared to other life forms, human life may be brief, but it does not come close to being insignificant.  Humans may be short in stature, but they are far from being left unnoticed.

The Lord knew this, and that is why He told us:  “You are the salt of the earth.” 

Humans give excitement, adventure, purpose and meaning to earth.  If we were not here, then earth would be a beautiful waste.  It would be like a falling tree that made no sound in the forest.  You are the salt of the world.   What a “flavorable” way of saying, “You make all the difference in the world to me.”

You are the light of the world.  The Lord is truly a poet.  It is His way of saying, “You light up my life.” 

Humans can bring so many good things to life, but only if we have the light of faith that leads our thoughts, words and actions.  Each human being is like a tiny Big Bang.  We can create where there is nothing.  We can bring light where there is only darkness.  We can bring hope where only despair reigns.  We, as Christians, are called to do what is apparently humanly impossible: bring peace on earth and end world poverty.

“Light shines through the darkness for the upright; he is gracious and merciful and just.  Well for the man who is gracious and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice.  He shall never be moved; the just one shall be in everlasting remembrance.  An evil report he shall not fear; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.  Lavishly he gives to the poor; his justice shall endure forever; his horn shall be exalted in glory” (Ps. 112).

The Lord has given his people an arduous task.  We can either carry it upon our shoulders, one soul at a time, and make him proud, or let it fall to the earth and force another to carry it.

P.S.  Please join me and Mike Murray tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 pm on Catholic Radio. (0)

Fr. Alfonse (1044 Posts)

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