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You are the salt of the earth

Thứ hai - 06/06/2016 20:19
Just as salt purifies, preserves, and penetrates so also do God's faithful people - all for God goodness, which brings His righteousness and peace to this world and His kingdom.

"YOU ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH"
 
Just as salt purifies, preserves, and penetrates so also do God's faithful people - all for God goodness, which brings His righteousness and peace to this world and His kingdom.
 
Deacon John Ruscheinsky
 
In the Responsorial Psalm we acclaim: Lord, let your face shine on us. Know that the Lord does wonders for his faithful one; the Lord will hear me when I call upon Him (Ps 4:4). The widow in today's story is also a faithful one. She risks her life and that of her son to feed a stranger who arrives at her doorstep. She does not question the prophet Elijah. "Who are you? Why are you making these demands of me?" She just describes her dire circumstances and then, when the prophet insists not only on being fed but being fed first, she simply follows his instructions. This widow is a challenging example for us of faith, hospitality, generosity, and with much courage. She certainly is "the salt of the earth." Just as salt purifies, preserves, and penetrates so also do God's faithful people - all for God goodness, which brings His righteousness and peace to this world and His kingdom.
 
Jesus also used the image in today's Gospel of light and a lamp to further His illustration. Lamps in the ancient world served a vital function, much like they do for us today. They enable us to see and work in the dark and to avoid stumbling. Jesus used the image of a lamp to describe how we are to live in the light of His truth and love. Just as natural light illumines the darkness and enables one to see visually, so the light of Jesus Christ shines in the hearts of us as believers and enables us to see the heavenly reality of God's beautiful kingdom.
 
Points to Pray and Ponder: Our challenge and our mission is to be light-bearers of Jesus Christ so that those around us may see the truth of the Gospel and be freed from blindness that can bring harm. Like the widow in our first reading; may we share what we have and we will not be disappointed.
 
 
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Từ khóa: Mt 5:13-16, tn10, chứng-nhân

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