Jesus said to his disciples, ‘You are the salt of the earth. But if salt becomes tasteless, what can make it salty again? It is good for nothing, and can only be thrown out to be trampled underfoot by men.
‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill-top cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine in the sight of men, so that, seeing your good works, they may give the praise to your Father in heaven.’
We are called to constant conversion and renewal in the Lord: it is a dimension of the universal call to holiness.
The readings at Mass this Sunday, the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, remind us of this, and offer us courage to commit to this process and change and growth.
Time comes for most of us when we slip and slide and fail. Jesus challenges us to keep mindful of what he enables in us. We might not be the brightest light, or the saltiest salt, but we are called to be true to our better natures for our own sake and for the benefit of those others around us.
We may not be the brightest light, or the saltiest salt, but we can make a difference. In doing what we can we share in the ministry of him who is surely light of the world, and the one who gives taste to the whole of life.
- Where do you see yourself being of benefit to the lives of others?
- In what way would you like to be still more like Jesus?
Christian Oil Lamp in the collection of the British Museum. Photograph (c) 2007, Allen Morris.