Being salt and light for others

Post date: Feb 7, 2014 3:08:59 PM

9 February 2014 ( Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time )

[Isaiah 58:7-10] [1 Corinthians 2:1-5] [Matthew 5:13-16]

As Christians we called to be “light” of the world and to be “salt” of the earth. Like Christ who came to bring light into the world, we too have to be light for those living in the darkness of ignorance and despair. We are also called to be the salt of the earth. Jesus used this imagery. There are many exotic spices or condiments Jesus could have used. Why didn’t he use thyme, or curry leaf or ginseng? These spices have more “character”. Why plain ordinary salt? Perhaps it is precisely because it is the most common ingredient used in any cuisine from Indian to Western, and from Chinese to mid-Eastern. That suggests that we don't need to be an expert in any field or have any special talent to share Christ with others. We only need to co-operate with the grace of God, which all Christians receive at Baptism. We should take every opportunity to be salt and light to others – in other words to evangelise to those searching for God and re-evangelise to fellow Christians who have grown cold in their faith.