Salt of the Earth and Light of the World

In a busy and crowded clinic, the doctor noticed through a glass window one patient nervously unsettled in the waiting room. But then to his shock, this patient slapped a man; so, the doctor went out to approach the patient and asked her: “Madam, why did you slap that man?” “Doctor,” she responded angrily, “just imagine I am so nervous and scared here waiting for my Corona Virus test, and that man told me, ‘THINK POSITIVE’.”

Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” Mt. 5:16

What do people see in our life? Do they see us slapping someone, wasting our time, playing lip service, being arrogant or our being indifferent to the needs of the poor? Do they see us loving others or humbly serving the poor and needy among us?

In the First Reading, Prophet Isaiah says: “Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless; clothe the naked when you see them, and do not turn your back on your own”(Isaiah 58:7) The poor and needy are among us and they are our own. When we serve the poor and needy among, Prophet Isaiah continues, “… if you bestow your bread on the hungry and satisfy the afflicted, then light shall rise for you in the darkness, and the gloom shall become for you like midday” (Isaiah 58:10). We are the light amid darkness and gloom!

It’s not easy, but in the Second Reading, St. Paul shows us the best way to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world when he said: “I came to you in weakness and fear and much trembling, and my message and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of Spirit and power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God” (1 Cor 2:3-5). Humility is the element of the salt and the fuel of the light. As one Mass attendee of my care home blessing this afternoon shared with me his reflection of my homily, “Fr. Romeo, the common characteristic of a salt and a light is their ability to effect something quietly and without notice, and most importantly, the salt silently disappears and mixes well in the food. So, also with the light, making a difference in silence.

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