A Homily – Matthew 5: 13 – 16 ©

The Gospel According to Matthew – 2017.02.05

 

 

Shine and be Tasty

 

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘You are the salt of the earth. But if salt becomes tasteless, what can make it salty again? It is good for nothing, and can only be thrown out to be trampled underfoot by men.

 

‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill-top cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine in the sight of men, so that, seeing your good works, they may give the praise to your Father in heaven.’

 

The Way

 

There are no guarantees in life.

 

Listen to Jesus as he teaches his disciples. He understood the natural failings of human beings, who can be at one moment salient and good, and at the next moment bitter, and coercive.

 

Not even the disciples, as close as they were to Jesus, were free from these risks. Why would it be any different for the Christian who follows them.

 

If you set out to teach, and be a light in the world, then do that. It requires your intention, and your constant attention.

 

A lamp, once lit, should be put on the lamp-stand, but even still it requires constant attention. The lamp oil must be refilled, the wick must be trimmed, replaced, and the soot must be cleaned from it.

 

If you intend to live your life as an exemplar of the way, you must be diligent, intentional, and humble.

 

5th Sunday of Ordinary Time

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