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.”
Jesus wishes that we all be like a salt which gives a good taste and preserve their life, without destroying their individuality. There is a need to respect their life and learn to take a distance. Whatever may be our mission, we should understand the important role that each and every one of us have to do in our life. The widow of the first reading was a salt to the prophet and God has blessed. It is through our person engagements for the well-being of our brothers and sisters that we receive the grace from God. It is here that we become light. In truth, we are not the light, but carry the LIGHT, the Christ, in our daily lives. Let Christ illumines in us, through our thinking and being, thus, through us, they will see the Christ.
Action of the day: Be aware that you are salt and light, at the same time.
“You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world”
Fr. Francesc PERARNAU i Cañellas
Today, St. Matthew 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.