Scripture Reflection. . .
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Isaiah 58:7-10
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 112 “The just one is a light in darkness to the upright.”
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians: 2:1-5
Gospel: Matthew 5:13-16
In today’s Gospel, Jesus says “You are the salt of the earth . . . You are the light of the world.”
Salt adds flavor but it also draws out flavor. The first time I noticed one of our Sisters add salt to her banana and watermelon, I was perplexed until she shared it taste sweeter – the salt draws out the sweetness. Salt is often sprinkled on eggplant and other vegetables to draw out bitterness or excessive moisture. Salt is very versatile.
Light dispels the darkness and allows us to interact with the world around us. Light can also dispell fear and despair or isolation.
The readings today encourage us to be about good works that add “flavor” and “light” to the world. We can no longer stand by on a shelf to go stale and flavorless or hide so the light of faith we have been given illuminates nothing. Words alone are not enough unless accompanied by actions of mercy, compassion and love. These are what draw out goodness and dispel bitterness, fear and hopelessness. St. Paul writes, “. . . My message and proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with demonstration of Spirit and power . . .”
In order to be infused with flavor and light we are called to take time to be with God in prayer; open to the Spirit and power of God – the Light and Salt.
In Our Lives as Sisters of The Holy Redeemer . . .
The Church declares today World Day of Prayer for Cosecrated Life. It provides an opportunity for us to reflect on Jesus’ call to be salt and light and to continually depend upon God’s Spirit to guide us.
This past week Sisters went forth to be enriched and illuminated and to share their gifts at leadership gatherings.
Another Sister returned from her training session to grow in ability to accompany new members – to be salt and light for those seeking God’s call.
We celebrated the light and life of two of our Sisters as January ended and February began. Each year they get a little more seasoned!
Two Sisters and a Redeemer Ministry Corps volunteer participated in an event to raise funds to assist children with cancer and other serious illnesses. Salt and light were visible in the generosity and stories shared.
In Your Life . . .
St. Pope John Paul shared,
“Allow the light and the healing presence of Christ to shine brightly through your lives. In that way, all those who come in contact with you will discover the loving kindness of God.”
How do we allow God’s light to shine through us? Perhaps we first need to receive that Light. One way to be open to receive is to take time to be still to sit and just be with God believing you are loved more than you can ask or imagine. Allow God to touch and heal your needs. You will be strengthened to reach out to others to be salt and light for them.
You may wish to listen to Salt and Light
Blessings on your week!