Salt of the Earth, Light of the World

Reflection for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN Board Member, Sr. Marge Wissman

This reflection was originally posted in our January 30th newsletter

light3In this Sunday’s Gospel (Mt 5:13-16) Jesus tells his disciples “You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world.” We are now the disciples and these two images emphasize our call to be engaged in the world. The time for hiding, quiet caution and fear is over! Now is the time to be bold, to shine bright so that everyone knows what we as disciples stand for. We are living in a time when our boldness and bright light must overcome our fear and caution.

At this moment in history we are called to stand boldly and brightly for Creation, for our Brothers and Sisters no matter what race, nationality, religion or sexual orientation, and for truth. We need to be the Salt that adds flavor and taste to a bold kindness, caring and resistance. Jesus told us not to hide in quiet caution and fear under a bushel basket but be a light to shine in a world that desperately needs us now to assume the role of a bright light in a country that has been covered in darkness. To quote Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only Love can do that.” Many of us have been salt and light in the world but at the present time we are called to be that “Instrument of Peace” with even more flavor and an even brighter light.

Sr. Marge Wissman
FAN Board Member

Published in: on January 31, 2017 at 9:34 am  Leave a Comment  

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