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.’
The Gospel at Mass yesterday,Sunday, the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, called us to be what we are called to be – salt for the earth, light of the world.
We are called to be this, but are not expected (not able?) to be this alone, of our selves.
Rather it is because of the qualities we are strengthened in by our relationship with Jesus, He shows us what it is to be human. He shows us what it is to be faithful to the loving God, what it is to be available for, loving to, our neighbour.
- In what way do you find the example of Jesus attractive and encouraging?
- In what way do you strive to share this example?
Christ blessing the world. Bernardino Luini. In the collection of the Louvre, Paris. Photograph (c) 2017, Allen Morris.