REFLECTION | ‘Let us be the salt and light of the world’

InterAksyon file photo by Bernard Testa.

InterAksyon file photo by Bernard Testa.

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.”
—Matthew 5:13-16

In the Scriptures, there are a lot of images and symbols that serve as representations of ideas, attributes, and personalities. In his preaching about God’s kingdom, Jesus used images and symbols to describe and explain what the kingdom is all about.

Images and symbols represent a particular message or role that he wanted to highlight and that would be easily remembered by people. In our gospel account, Jesus addressed his disciples and challenged them to make a difference in their lives; don’t just be anybody else. To do the will of the Father is a call and task of all, especially those who expressed their commitment to follow the Lord.

To be the “salt of the earth and light of the world” encourages us to become instruments and channels of God in the world, to bring hope and newness in life amidst the different pressing and difficult realities of our times.

When a person decides to follow Christ, he/she should obey his/ her teacher sincerely and seriously.  Jesus is a teacher, thus, a master.  A person who follows Christ is a Christian. Following Christ is not only a nominal act but Christians will be known by their deeds, actions  and examples.  A Christian who wanted to make a difference is what the Lord is telling us today in or gospel reading.

To be the salt of the earth means to make one’s self an instrument of change and to ignite change.  For when the salt loses its taste what purpose it may have then?  The taste of the food will be flat and plain and will not have good taste when there is no salt on it. To become “salt” means to be a cause of change for the better. If the salt loses its taste, then it has no value anymore.  Just like in our day- to- day living, if it has no good results and effects to other people, then what good must we have?

We can be the salt and light to other’ lives when we help them change and shape their own lives.  The demand for Christians today to be lights to the world is a great challenge. The light is to be shared, it has to be openly enjoyed by those who want to be enlightened and those who live in darkness.  As the world is covered with divisions and confusions caused also by other people, we   should express and live our faith through our good deeds flowing from good intentions just like a light that is shining and is seen by everyone.

Christ tells us that the light and has to be put on a lampstand so it would shine so others may see.  Light should illumine and break the darkness; it should not be hidden or kept under a basket or put in a corner.  Light should be in the open so others may see.  The image of the light should also be who we are who we should become.  When one lives in darkness and hopelessness, the person looks for light.

This is also our task today, to be a light to others through our small and big works of charity and mercy.  Christ is proclaimed through the good works of those who follow him and this will please God, our heavenly Father.

Let us continue sharing the true one light, Christ.  Let us become like Christ the light so we become sparkles and glitters of hope and shining in love.  Let us reflect, pray and ask God’s guidance and ask ourselves just as Jesus challenged his disciples:

Do we inspire others in our families, workplaces and communities through our deeds and actions?  Do inspire and empower others and encourage them to be the same?

Am I a “salt” to others’ lives?  Do I make a difference in my relations and attitudes with others?  Do I add good taste in my relations and attitudes toward others or spoil instead?

Am I a light to the world?  Do I allow Christ to shine in me and through me so others may enjoy the light of life itself?

Do I please God in my daily life?

Prayer:  Almighty and Ever- living God, help us to become more relevant and responsive to the needs of our brothers and sisters.  May we become relevant in our works and ministries or in whatever pastoral works we are involved with.  Help us to become “salt of the earth and light of the world” through our good deeds and actions so that we may praise and glorify You for you are our God who is all good.  May we don’t get tired of sharing the good taste of the salt and the shine of your light with others.  This we ask through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Intention: Let us pray for all Christians who are in the missions, may they become salt that gives good taste to peoples’ lives and light that guides those who are lost.  We also pray for the conversion of all those people who are separated from God and those who disconnected and cut- off from God, may they see and feel God again through their loved ones—families, communities and friends.