February 6, 2011’s Sunday Gospel

Gospel: Mt 5:13-16
Jesus said to his disciples, “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt has lost its strength, how can it be made salty again? It has become useless. It can only be thrown away and people will trample on it.

You are the light of the world. A city built on a mountain cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and covers it; instead it is put on a lampstand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine before others, so that they may see the good you do and praise your Father in heaven.”
We’ve heard this before, definitely more than once. But I heard a new take on it. See, I went to mass at St. Jude’s here in Baltimore City and this awesome (very flamboyant!) priest gave the sermon, and it was one of the most amazing ones I’ve heard.

We all now our roles, at least the ones that God gave us. We are the light, just like Him.  We’re supposed to shine as bright as we can, to inspire as many people as we can. Kind of in the same vein, we are the salt. Salt used to be viewed as the purest substance – because it came from nature, the sun and the sea. It was also very useful in preserving, meaning it helped keep things clean and pure, preventing it from rotting. And lastly, and obviously, it adds flavor. It makes things interesting; it makes things better.

The priest mentioned one of the most famous quotes I’ve ever heard. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” (Quote by Marianne Williamson) It talks about how we don’t even realize this great potential in us. We don’t know how great we can be. But God knows! He designates us to be the light and the salt of His beloved Earth! He believes in us. Sometimes, I think He even relies on us. We have so much that we can give, so much that we can do. Endless possibilities, and we don’t even know it. The priest summed it up nicely. “God is basically telling us one thing: ‘Shine, baby, shine!‘” And I kid you not, that is a direct quote.

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

He’s in us. That’s what makes us powerful.

Not a sermon, just a thought. 🙂



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