If salt is an invisible substance that influences our taste for food, light, on the other hand, is seen all around.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus is asking us if we are ready to influence the world around us with the Gospel values we have learned from Him. “Are we ‘worth our salt’ as Christians?” Have we been bringing the light of His Good News into the shadowy or mediocre lives of others? Or have we been taking His special gifts of conversion and faith for granted?

Those of us who were advised to take no or limited salt on medical grounds know how hard it was to adjust. I am one of those who have to take limited salt in food, and I remember how tasteless food seemed to be at the start. Salt renders food pleasant and palatable, and preserves from putrefaction. So Christians, by their lives and instructions, are to keep the world from entire moral corruption. By bringing down the blessing of God in answer to their prayers, and by their influence and example, they save the world from universal vice and crime. We are the salt of the earth. As His followers, Jesus wants us to help our Church preserve the culture and traditions that He and His martyrs and saints have handed down to us through the ages. Our Lord also expects us to make our witnessing of the Gospel a tasteful experience to those we are inviting to His banquet. In fact, if we must be like salt, we must be able to make others thirst for God’s nourishing Word.

If salt is an invisible substance that influences our taste for food, light, on the other hand, is seen all around. Most of the developed world has electricity and we are upset when it suddenly goes off. Then, there are great joy and relief when we get back the energy. We are the light of the world if we can reflect in our life the ideals of Jesus Christ, Who said: ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’ (John 8:12). Ever since God “lighted my life” with His sacred Word, it has become a lifelong passion for me to share His message of love through these Gospel reflections that I send every day in the internet. It is truly a special privilege from God to be able to reflect the light of Christ through the inspired messages of His Holy Spirit.

Jesus calls us to counter the forces of darkness by being His light to make others see the follies of this world, and draw them back to His everlasting Light. Brothers and sisters, don’t be afraid, and don’t be ashamed to light up for Christ.  Most of us have had the experience of feeling relief and insight after sharing our concerns or questions with a friend or an acquaintance. What if that person had not been available for us? Light in this context refers to truth and insights. Salt refers to vigor, zest, enthusiasm and remaining steadfast. Again, what does this have to do with our responsibility as Christians all these many years later? The gospel is a challenge to us that we should always be ready to bring truth, light and insights when such a situation occurs, and that we do so with fortitude and gentleness. This requires that we continue enriching ourselves through prayer and spiritual reading. Are we prepared, on a daily basis, to be the light of the world and salt of the earth – one person at a time?

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