11 June 2019. Memorial of Saint Barnabas, Apostles
Reflection (Sem. Carmelo V. Pocdol)
“You are the light and salt of the world”, a very familiar Gospel verse that I like because it of its symbolism. It is very common and part of our daily living experience. I always associate my sense of mission to these symbols every time I hear this gospel.
I do not take for granted light, for we all know that if someone lights a candle, it will not just be for himself but it will be also for the other people. Serving in the youth ministry and as a high school teacher, there were my experiences of becoming a light to the young entrusted to my care. Listening to their stories of failures, successes, and challenges have enlightened me of the realities and blessings in our lives and hopefully, I shared with them the light that I bear from Christ.
Like the command of Jesus in today’s Gospel, let us continue to be the light of the world. We can be a light to the community sharing good works, talents, being available, and praying with them. Since that light is really from Jesus, it is my responsibility to share it with others. “Your light must shine in people’s sight, so that seeing your good works, they may give praise to your Father in Heaven.”
How about becoming a salt? Obviously, it is for flavor, thus, we add flavor to our daily living within our community. The same with the light, salt has benefits. What is alarming in the Gospel is that Jesus told the people on what to do if the salt loses its “saltiness”.
In seminary formation, the ultimate light that I need to bear and share to the community is Jesus Christ himself. In my own little ways, I will cultivate love and serve the community. These, I believe are simple ways to nurture the light that comes from Jesus.
The Gospel Today
John 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.”