Jesus said to his disciples, «You are the salt of the earth. But if salt has lost its strength, how can it be made salty again? It has become useless. It can only be thrown away and people will trample on it. You are the light of the world. A city built on a mountain cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and covers it; instead it is put on a lamp-stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine before others, so that they may see the good you do and praise your Father in heaven».
Life is full of surprises. The man who learns to see everything with his eyes open, will see not only the difficulties, but also in these difficulties the solutions and opportunities. If he looks at the world with the eyes of faith, he will know the divine will, and will feel in him this divine call, as chosen, consecrated and sent. He is no more the same, because he will never seek his personal joy, rather find pleasure in doing the divine will. He will put all his energy in loving and caring all those who are confined to his care. He, even in his smallness, will shine as a light to others and will add tastes to the lives of others around him through his life of witness. He will not give his light, or his taste, but the light of Christ, and through his person, Christ himself will be the light to others. Jesus is inviting us to taste one such life, a life fully configured in Christ.
For this we must imitate the behavior of that widow of the first reading, the one who welcomed the prophet Elijah. Giving even the last hope of life, to an unknown person, a stranger. It is important that learn to give without any expectation or reciprocity. Be open to the newness of life, like Abraham, father of Faith. In this unknown terrain, filled with surprises and adventures, we will enjoy the rhythm of life, not a rhythm of our expectations or imaginations. Thus, 'No jar of flour shall be exhausted, no jar of oil shall be emptied' for us in our lives. Are you ready for it.
Action of the day: Be open and generous.
«You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world»
Fr. Francesc PERARNAU i Cañellas
Today, St. Mathew reminds us of those words Jesus said regarding our mission as Christians: to be the salt and the light of the world. On the one hand, the salt is a necessary seasoning to make foods taste good: without salt, most dishes are almost worthless! Throughout centuries, on the other hand, salt has been a fundamental element to keep victuals from corruption. Jesus tells us: —You must be the salt of your world, and like the salt, you are to be tasty and avoid corruption.
In our time, many have lost the sense of life and claim it is not worth their while; that life is full of disappointments, difficulties and suffering; that it goes by very fast and that it has death, as a final perspective, and a sad one too.
«You are the salt of the earth!» (Mt 5,13). It is up to Christians to give flavor to life: by showing the joyful and serene optimism of he who recognizes himself as the son of God, for everything in our lives can be a path to sanctity; by making difficulties, suffering and pain help us to purify ourselves; and by realizing that, at the end of our lives, life in Glory —the eternal happiness— is waiting for us.
And, also as the salt does, Christ's disciples, must preserve from corruption: where there are Christians with living faith, there cannot be injustice, violence, ill-treatment of the weak ones... Rather on the contrary, the virtue of Charity must shine in full force: worrying for others, solidarity, generosity...
And, thus, Christians are the light of the world (cf. Mt 5:14). A Christian is the torch that, with the example of his life, shows the path to Salvation, by bringing the light of truth everywhere in the world... Where, before, there was only darkness, uncertainty and doubts, now, there is light, certainty and self-confidence.