The Lord today asks us both to be pure in heart, faithful to Him, and also to show this faith and purity to others, as a beacon of light to bring the true Light of God to all mankind, especially those who still live in darkness. We have to be active in our faith, and do our best to practice it, as faith that is not lived and practiced is the same as a dead faith.
That’s why the Lord says that to whom have produced something, more will be given, and to those who produce nothing, what is his will be taken away. Similarly, in the parable of the coins, Jesus praised those who invested in the money that the master gave to the servant, and bear profits, and admonished the one who did nothing with the money but hid it and let us stay as what it is. Therefore, our faith, as often symbolised by light and salt, must indeed be true light and true salt. True light that it shines brightly for all people to see, that they too will believe in God and in turn becoming even more beacons of light that is of God, to shine a light in the darkness of this world.
True salt that we truly have taste and the saltiness, that our faith is not just an empty faith, but faith filled with flavour, that is dedication to God, and filled with actions made out of love of both our God and our neighbour.
It is indeed through faith that we are justified, but faith without action is dead. Those who just call “Lord, Lord” all the time will receive nothing, but to those who dedicate themselves to Him in prayer, and in active action in helping the last, the lost, and the least of our society, alleviating the suffering of many, will receive indeed the rewards that the Lord has promised us. We are justified by faith that is made alive by real action, just like a light that is placed on a pedestal, as an example to all others, that they too will follow to live their lives filled with actions based on their faith in God, to make our world a better one indeed, for everyone.
Today is the feast day of St. John Bosco, a very well known saint, who is the patron saint of the youth and publications. He was a nineteenth century priest, who was known for his holiness, and his miraculous works, but most importantly because through education, he was able to attract many youths and adults alike, to educate them and form them properly in the faith. His works with these people had transformed the lives of many, bringing many closer to God.
St. John Bosco also found the congregation of religious now known as S.D.B. or the Salesians of Don Bosco, simply known as the Salesians. Many of these Salesians have worked in missionary works in different parts of the world, and many have worked in areas such as China as well, where the Church is currently struggling to hold on against the active persecution and direct attacks against the faith made by the secular world. Pray for all of our brothers and sisters in Christ there too.
Our Cardinal Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone; Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints; Cardinal Joseph Zen, Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong; Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-fai, Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, are all members of the Salesian order. We pray for them and all the priests in the world, that God will guide them in their ministry, and we wish all Salesians around the world, happy feast day and happy St. John Bosco day. May St. John Bosco pray for all of us, that we too may, like many that he has touched directly, be brought much closer to the Lord, and be inspired to be like him, and all other saints. Amen.