Liturgical Colour : Green
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, as we listened to the words of God in the Scriptures today, we are all reminded as Christians to be active in living our faith and to say yes to the Lord, to Him calling us to serve Him. We should be the salt of the earth and the light of the world just as the Lord mentioned it in His parable to His disciples, that as Christians, we are truly active and devoted to the cause of the Lord, and live our lives in the most Christian way possible.
In our first reading today, St. Paul exhorted the Church and the faithful in the city of Corinth to be faithful and dedicated to God, to respond to the Lord’s call with a resounding ‘Yes!’, and not to be hesitant anymore in responding and answering the Lord’s call. The Lord has given all of us His guidance and strength, and the Holy Spirit has also come down upon us through His Church, and by the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation that we have received.
Therefore, the Holy Spirit has dwelled within us and has given us wonderful gifts, that may be distinct depending on our calling and actions in our respective lives. But many of us have not realised, recognised and utilised these gifts that we have received from the Lord, and we end up hiding them, not recognising them and leaving these gifts, these talents and abilities, as well as opportunities to remain dormant within us. Many of us do not know what we are supposed to do with our lives, in serving the Lord and following Him.
And this is what the Lord meant when He said that if the salt has lost its saltiness, then it is useless, and if the light is hidden and cannot be seen, then it is useless either, and therefore is pointless to have either one of those. The Lord also used the example of salt and light because these two are indeed very important commodities that were crucial to many people of that time, just as it is still important even to the present day. It was very important for the people to have and use salt, because of its preservative qualities, allowing it to preserve food and keeping them longer, and at the same time also providing flavour to food that is bland.
Meanwhile, light is very important because at that time in particular, at a time and age when electricity and night lighting were not yet available, darkness of night always hindered many actions and activities, and unlike today when lighting and electricity are so easily available to many people all around the world, lighting in the form of burning candles and other forms of illumination were expensive and difficult to obtain. Hence, by using the examples of salt and light in His parable, the Lord wanted to highlight just how precious are the gifts that we have received from the Lord through His Holy Spirit.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, are we still going to be stubborn in refusing to acknowledge the gifts and opportunities that the Lord has provided for us, remaining idle and not doing what we can do in order to take part actively in the actions and works of the Church? All of us are reminded today that we cannot be idle and ignorant of our calling and responsibility as Christians. Without real and genuine action, commitment and contribution, our faith is truly meaningless and dead, and such faith is useless for us.
Let us reflect on these words that we have received from the Lord, and discern the path that we all ought to take from now on. Are we going to continue to ignore the Lord’s calling and the mission He has entrusted to us? Or are we going to allow Him to lead us down the path He has shown us, entrusting ourselves and our future to Him, and walking faithfully with Him, dedicating ourselves through service to others, by loving those whom He has placed in our path, and showing that we are truly Christians not just in name only?
May the Lord be with us all and may He strengthen us with the courage and resolve to be salt of the earth and the light of the world, to be no longer fearful but filled with faith and trust, in proclaiming the truth of God through our words and actions, in our community and to all whom we encounter throughout our lives. May God bless us all and our good works and endeavours, for His greater glory, now and always. Amen.