2.1Corinthians 2:1-5
Gospel: Mt5:13-16

                 " We are the salt and light of the World"

Once upon a time there was an actress who was interviewed in one of the television talk show on how she was able to become an actress. Really she was gifted with  beautiful face and attractive body.  In other words she was very beautiful. According to her she studied in catholic school, and was brought up by her parents in the catholic faith and values.

After her graduation, a movie director approached and offered her a leading role in movie he is doing. So she was really thrilled. The contract gave her a large amount of money and a vehicle for her to become popular. She agreed with the role after reading the script. However, one day, the director told her that they have changed a scene by which she would have a bed with her leading man. And for this time, she was offered a large amount of money again as a bonus, nevertheless, she declined the offer. It is because she studied in a catholic school and she thought of the grave moral harm and scandal that bold scene would do to millions, particularly young people. So the shooting went on minus that bed scene.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today's gospel is the continuation of last Sunday's gospel.  Last Sunday's gospel showed us the basic attitudes or qualities of the members of God's Kingdom. These qualities are best described in the beatitudes. Our gospel for today tells us about the task of those members: to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Jesus in the gospel used the metaphorical expression of the ' salt and light.' Both metaphors are in agreement with regard to something  very important. If the salt is left in receptacle, it is not of use whatsoever. Only when it comes into contact with food and is dissolved in it, can salt give flavor to what we normally eat. The same thing happens with light. If it is enclosed and hidden, it cannot enlighten anyone. Only when it is placed where there is darkness can it illumine and provide bearing. A Church isolated from the world can be neither salt nor light.

In my sharing today, I will simply focus on the salt and its characteristics why Jesus compares us to a salt?

First and foremost, the salt flavors things and makes the food tasty. We know how tasteless and sickening to bite a food if there is no salt. Always we eat food because it tastes well and salted perfectly. So also with us Christians, we have to radiate Christ and make Christian values credible  and attractive to other people.

Second, salt preserves food, keeps things from going bad and rotten. Meat  is a dead body and if left to itself, goes bad. But salt preserves it and keeps it fresh.  For us Christians we must know how to preserve Christian values so that we may be able  to defeat evil ones and may help other people to be good. This quality corresponds to the story of an actress who refused an offer in order to disgrace herself and disgracing the church at large.

Third, Salt creates thirst. Do we ever make anyone thirsty for the Lord?
In His own words Jesus said: " You are the light of the world." However, what happen to our world today? Our world is not a better world because we Christians, the, ' representatives and the image of God, are not better persons, rather we are bitter persons. As Mahatma Gandhi said: " I like Christ but I don't like Christians and the way they live." This is the reason he was not converted to Christianity.

In the world today in many evangelical rallies many times we hear preachers who do nothing other than reminding us that we are sinners. Well this is true. Then, they quote some verses from the Holy Bible to justify what they preach by reminding the suffering ahead of us if we will not accept Jesus as the personal Lord and  Savior. I don't know if this is true or not.  May be I will be convinced more of what they say if they will not attack us; if they will preach positively by showing example rather than negatively.

In our world today, we are being challenged by the fact that there are some pastors of souls( Priests, Bishops etc) whose lives are immoral, have children with different wives, some of them are homosexual and drunkards, very strict and conservatives, un approachable and non- negotiable. We the people of God look at them as the leaders, healers, as our counselors, as our fathers as our model and as our examples. Then what happen?? We sow rumor against these priests, condemn them, ostracized them and isolated them. But I may ask you, remember even just one moment in your life that you pray for your priests? Did you remember even just one moment in your life that you help, support and comfort your own parish priests instead of making gossip against them? If you remember, then your priests are very lucky to have you as their parishioners who are so concern and caring of their pastors. Your priests, and Bishops though are your leaders and shepherds, they also need your own light and encouragement because Christ did not call only priests and religious to become light and salt of the world, but also each one of us.  

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