June 11, 2013

The Gospel Today 

Memorial of Saint Barnabas, Apostle 

Mt. 5:13-16

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.”

Reflection (Sem. Emmanuel Calumpong):

Jesus reminds us in today’s gospel that salt, one of the basic seasonings, can lose its taste.  Now the question is, “Can Christians lose their taste and their light?”

How many times did I hear stories about relationships, especially marriages, falling apart because of the reason that they already had “fallen out of love” or had enough of the relationship?   Is there really truth to it? How about people leaving their very high paying jobs because accordingly, they are not happy anymore with their works?  Are they in their right minds when a lot of people are jobless?  How about priests and religious leaving their ministries for the reason that they no longer find meaning in their vocations?  How sad could it be?

Well, it is really a fact that there is a great possibility that people lose their sense of meaning just like the salt that loses its taste.  However, there are also a lot of ways in order not to lose our taste so as not to lose our potency and to continue shining as light.

First, as Christians, we must be open to conversion at any moment of our lives.  We must never say “enough” because there will always be lessons to be learned, realizations to be valued, relationships to be healed and strengthened and moments to be cherished.  We need fellowship.  We need prayers.  We need a community to support and sustain us. We should continuously do service, outreach or apostolate or else the flame of faith soon dies.  Our prayer life should lead us to true service and service should lead us to deeper prayer.

The Christian’s life is one big proclamation, not only by words, but also by one’s own witnessing.  The Christian proclaims and points to someone greater than himself/herself. Let us not forget Mary, the Eucharist and the Bible to keep us aflame, alert and alive.

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