June 7, 2016

Gospel MT 5:13-16
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.”
Reflection:
Jesus said to his disciples:
“You are the salt of the earth.”
Jesus uses the example of salt to convey how we are to flavor the world around us. A small amount of salt enhances the flavor of our food; too much salt may ruin the meal.
Through our quiet example, we should draw out the goodness of God that resides in the heart of every person. If we are to be successful in bringing out the Christ in others, we would do well to remember the old saying, “Easy does it.”
“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.”
Jesus cautions us: in order to bring others to Him, we must keep His love and hope alive in our hearts. Without the love of Christ, we are like the blind leading the blind.
‘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…..”
As Christians, we are not called to dazzle people, but to enlighten them by being living examples of God’s love. The right amount of light illuminates our surroundings; too much light may blind us.
To a troubled soul, the loving touch of our hand on their shoulder may bring more comfort and love than the most profound verse in the Bible.

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” – – Mother Teresa