Thinking of my friend Sandy and Deacon Pedro Guevara-Mann in reading today’s gospel. Sandy’s students love the song “Go Light Your World” by Kathy Troccoli, and Deacon Pedro is a producer for Salt and Light TV/Radio!
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 today’s world of undeniable darkness, we must be not only willing but eager and driven to share the light of Christ that has been given to us. When I was much younger, I thought that everyone on the planet, being a child of God, was given the gift of faith like myself. Faith is a gift from God and something to be treasured and shared. Faith seems to be as other gifts – talents or riches- that have not been distributed in like amounts for whatever reason – God’s Wisdom and Will.
In today’s gospel, Jesus warns that we must not become tasteless salt – all worn out – good for nothing. We must not take the light of Christ that has been given to us and hide it under the daily stresses of life. That is tough, and something that we must strive for through prayer and reflection. We cannot share what we do not have. We cannot have that light recharged unless we spend time each day with the source of our light – the Most Holy Trinity!
I want you to understand that I’m preaching to myself here! I had a little wake up call the other day. When I was telling my oldest son about the wonderful lunch I had shared with his former teacher, he asked, “Is Mrs. Gibson the same optimistic person with that wonderful smile and laugh?” I said, “Yes. Isn’t that awesome?” He said, “You should take a lesson, mom.” Yikes! That really hit me where it hurts!
I consider myself to be a mostly cheerful, generally optimistic person. I do struggle with despair and depression from time to time. Who usually suffers the most when I give into these emotions? My family – those who mean the most to me.
Shining the light of Jesus has to start at home – with the people whom God has put in our lives on a daily basis – those we have the most influence over. Then from there, as individual members of the family go out into the world each day, we radiate that light we have received from God and which has been nourished at home.
Lord, help us to be good servants. Help us to treasure the gift of faith. Inflame the hearts of each of our family members with the light of your love. Compel us to share Your love with everyone we meet. Make us salt and light for our weary world. Amen.