MY daily reflection and prayer:
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
10th Ordinary Week Time
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Matthew 5:13-16
Jesus Christ says, “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ says something ordinary but it has extraordinary meaning for us. He says that we are the salt of the earth, and we are also the light of the world.
As we know it well, salt is a valuable commodity in our lives. In the ancient world, even, people traded with it, like we trade with valuable goods, such as gold now. At the time, it also served a very useful purpose, especially in warmer climates before the invention of electricity and refrigeration. Up to now, Salt not only gives rich flavor to food, it also preserves food from going bad and being spoiled.
And what is about the light? Light shines for all to see in the dark. It serves a vital function. It enables us to see and work in the dark and to avoid stumbling. It is also a symbol of the inner beauty, truth, and goodness of God. It is symbol of his words as well that fill us with spiritual light, joy, and peace.
Jesus Christ used the image of salt and light to describe the transforming effect of God’s work in our lives. He wants to work through us to bring the power and blessing of God’s kingdom to others.
As salt purifies, preserves, and produces rich flavor for our daily food, we are also salt for the world of human society. So, don’t lose our saltiness. As natural light illumines the darkness and enables one to see visually, so we are the light of Christ shines in the world that together with us people enables to see the heavenly reality of God’s kingdom.
In the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we are called to be the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. That is also our mission to be light-bearers of Jesus Christ so that others may see the truth and the joy of the gospel in our daily lives.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, there is always great freedom and joy for those who live in the light of God’s truth and goodness. May we know the joy and freedom of living in God’s light. May we radiate your light and truth to others in word and deed now and forever. Amen.
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