The Gospel Today
Tuesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
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. Jorge Santiago, Jr.):
One of the biggest challenges of our Church in this generation is to how we can get back the ‘ex-Catholics’ who were converted to other sects. According to the recent studies, one of the reasons why these ‘ex-Catholics’ transferred to other sects is that they couldn’t ‘feel’ God anymore in any of our celebration. This includes boring homilies, witnessing of priests and leaders of the hierarchy, less personal relationship among members, and the scandals. Pope Francis addresses each problem with dedication and with the help of his fellow priests by starting with reigniting their fire within themselves. He motivates and encourages not only the religious but also the faithful to remain the fire burning in their hearts.
Our Gospel for today speaks about the challenge to all of us to be the salt of the earth, to be one of the essential ingredients of a meal, a meal that sustains our body. Without salt, food will be tasteless and useless. Part of the program of the Church for the New Evangelization is the reviving of the ardor of each and every one of us. New methods and expressions are not enough to bring back the faith of the ex-Catholics, though they are important. What is more important is for the people to see how enthusiastic the leaders should be in proclaiming the Word of God to them. People in this generation are more visual, that is why they need to see our passion, our ardor with regard to our faith. Our knowledge and experiences about God will be put to waste if we fail to inculcate them in the minds of the faithful.
Pope Francis is silently doing this, my brothers and sisters. For more than a year of papacy, he is doing what a Church leader should do. He has shown the ardor of his faith to all, he has become a great example of a true Christian, he has shown mercy and love to every one. He is indeed a true salt of the earth in this tasteless world. Let us pray that we may imitate our pope in proclaiming the Word of God through our works and action by showing how our ardor to all. Amen.