When I was a child, I always looked forward to what kind of food my
mom would cook for the day. She usually prepares sinigang and adobo in the evening. I
remember that I usually request for additional seasoning for our sinigang to make it more sour. Salt is one of the important spices. It gives tastes to our food and it also used as a preservative. The light also plays a very big role in our community. It enables us to see in darkness and to feel safe at night. It also serves as our guide. But too much salt or a little amount of it affect the way we eat. Too much of it will make us not want to eat the food or too little amount of salt will make the food less pleasing to eat. In a similar way, too much of light will blind us. While too little light will hinder us to see things in the dark.
Today’s Gospel invites me to use my light and be salt to the world. Not using my gifts
and not sharing Jesus to others is like food that has no salt. On the other hand, too much pride and too much entitlement in doing my ministry is like salt that spoils the food, or light that blinds. The Gospel challenges me to get my light and the taste of salt from Jesus who is the real salt and light of the world. I realize that I am just an instrument of God to fulfill His mission in this world and my light should be used properly to guide people towards God.
By Sem. Jobert Gatmaitan
“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.”