Tuesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
2 Corinthians 1:18-22, Psalm 119:129-133, 135, & Matthew 5:13-16
Today's Gospel narrative is part of the Sermon on the Mount. In this passage, Jesus reveals what His disciples are called to be, "The Salt of the earth and the Light of the World." What is our Lord trying to tell them?
During the time of Jesus, Galilee had a substantial fishing industry. Many of the Gospel stories refer to fish and fishing. Fish was exported to many parts of the Roman Empire, well-salted to keep the catch fresh. Therefore, being the 'salt of the earth' was relevant to the people listening to Jesus.
Even today, we sometimes refer to someone as 'the salt of the earth," meaning he or she is strong, dependable, follows through on things, contributes to their community, and lives by good and cherished beliefs. Parishes and communities are maintained by people who are the 'salt of the earth.' We thank God for their continued contributions to His people.
How then do we keep ourselves 'salty?' We can maintain our 'freshness' by receiving the Eucharist as often as possible, by our individual prayer life, by loving our neighbors, and by setting an example by living a Christlike life. Jesus gives us the bread of life; we give it its flavor wherever we are.
Friends, with this sort of commitment, we become a 'light to the world' because the light we shine is the Light of Jesus radiating from within. Pope Francis often reminds us to "allow Jesus out." May our lives be strong like salt and encouraging like light?
Question of the Day: How will you be the 'salt' and help preserve the lives of others?
Prayer: Lord God, You are the Light of my life. May I bring the light of Your love and friendship to all I meet. Amen.