Feb. 5, 2017 - 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
Are we bland? Have we lost our flavor? Have our lives become less than exciting?
Are are dim? Have we lost that inner light? Have we lost our way? Are we lost in the darkness of sin?
Well, unlike salt from the parable, Jesus never throws us out. And unlike the lamp, Jesus is never hides us.
No. Jesus calls us to be salt and light. “You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world.”
Not only does Jesus call us to be salt and light, he is himself. Christ is our salt. Jesus salts us and flavors us with his love. Christ is our light. Jesus lights the way. He shines in us and through us.
Isaiah tells us that if we are salt and if we are light, when we cry for help the Lord will say, “Here I am.”
We want that. We want to know that the Lord hears us, that the Lord is near us, that the Lord answers our cry for help.
Isaiah also tells us to share our bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed, clothe the naked. He is suggesting ways for us to let our light will break forth.
When we are salt, when we are light, we let our good deeds shine, we let our good deeds flavor.
This is a wonderful thing.
Think of the people who have flavored your life. Think of the people who have spiced up your life.
Think of the people who have lifted up your heart. Think of the people who have stood by you through the difficult patches.
Being salt helps us bring flavor into the lives of the people we care about. Being light helps us illuminate our lives and the lives of those around us.
I could give a list of the good deeds we could do, but I think we have to discover our own good deeds for ourselves.
Jesus is our example. We look at his life: good deeds, kind acts, cheerful and encouraging words, honesty, helpfulness, charity, care, concern, forgiveness.
We receive Jesus in the Eucharist, Jesus who is salt, Jesus who is light, Jesus who is bread, Jesus who is wine.
Receiving Jesus gives us the grace we need to let our light shine before others.
When the salt flavors, the food cannot be bland. When the light shines, the darkness cannot overpower it.