February 9, 2014

The Gospel Today 

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 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. Mark Ian Abu):

     In today’s Gospel we are being compared to salt and light. What is it in the salt and light? We normally use salt to add taste in cooking and in preserving food. Many people find it hard to cook if there is no salt and, for us Filipinos, there should be always available salt in our kitchen. On the other hand, light is very important especially in dark places in order for us to see clearly our surroundings. When there is an electrical problem in our house or in any place and there is no light, there is always a very gloomy and sad feeling. Things are done easily when light is available. Therefore, both the salt and light are important in our everyday living.

     Jesus compares our talents and abilities to salt and light. Our own uniqueness includes our personal capacity to do things which are very genuine in each one of us. There are some of us who are good in speaking in front of people while others are expert in writing poetry and songs. We know people who have the passion in arts and decorations, whereas others are blessed with the gracefulness to dance and great ability to sing. All of these and the many other talents that people possess with them are all blessings and graces from God. But it should be clear to all of us that these graces are meant to be shared with others. Like the salt, they should add taste to the life of others and like the light; these graces should guide others to see their own blessings. Our failure to share all the blessings that we have is like being the salt that lost its taste and the light that is hidden under the bushel basket. On the contrary, sharing our blessings is a manifestation of our gratefulness to God who gave these to us.

     Let us be generous to share whatever blessing we have with all the people around us. Let us always put in mind that as salt and light of the world, we should give taste to others and guide them with the light of our own life.

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