Tuesday of the 10th Week of the Year

Matt 5:13-16

The Similes of Salt and Light

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES:

Good works are the fruit of charity, which consists in loving others as God loves us (cf. John 15:12). “I see now that true charity consists in bearing with the faults of those about us, never being surprised by their weakness, but edified at the least sign of virtue. I see above all that charity must not remain hidden in the bottom of our hearts: ‘nor do men light a lamp and put it under a basket…’ It seems to me that this lamp is the symbol of charity; it must shine out not only to cheer those we love best but all in the house” (St Therése of Lisieaux, Autobiography, chapter 9). To work in an apostolate of the Church is the clearest way to follow this invitation to be light to the world, a clear expression of charity.

The mission of the Church is our mission as members of Christ. Christ asks us to take what we have received and give it to others, leading them to this experience of Christ too. “The apostolate of the laity is a sharing in the salvific mission of the Church. Through baptism and confirmation all are appointed to this apostolate by the Lord himself. Moreover, by the sacraments, and especially by the Eucharist, that love of God and man which is the soul of the apostolate is communicated and nourished. The laity, however, are given this special vocation: to make the Church present and fruitful in those places and circumstances where it is only through them that she can become the salt of the earth. Thus, every lay person, through those gifts given to him, is at once the witness and the living instrument of the mission of the Church itself “according to the measure of Christ´s bestowal” (Eph. 4: 7)” (cf. Lumen Gentium #33).

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A Duty of Love God is good! Yes, he is wonderfully good! We should feel the need in our hearts to proclaim with all our being his goodness. What are we that he should care for us? Who are we that God should die for us? Why does he love us so much? Yet the fact is that he does love us and it is a duty of love that summons us to be witnesses in this world to his goodness. Time and again, men in their blindness, others in pride, still others because great sorrow and pain, doubt that God is good. Yet we know the truth and we know that we have a duty to defend the good name of God. Love cannot stand by while the beloved is insulted, misunderstood or accused of evil. We must help our brothers to discover the tremendous reality that God is love. This means that we must strive to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world by being witnesses to the hope that is unshakable because it is grounded in the eternity of God.

Be Strong in Love. Christ’s call for us to be his disciples and to proclaim the Gospel to all men can seem too much. With the wear and tear of our daily life, with the struggle to make ends meet, it appears that there is no time, no energy to be a disciple of Christ. We must not lose sight of the beginning of our discipleship. It did not originate in our making a contract with the Lord. It began in his heart, when he said, “It is not you who have chosen me, but I who have chosen you.” It began when he said, “I no longer call you servants, but friends.” The Son of God has called us his friends. Who would dare to say that? Who could dream it possible? No one! Yet it is the truth. Our discipleship is rooted in the love that Christ has for us. That is why he tells us to always remain in his love. In fact, he wants us to live in his love, just as a branch lives in the vine and thus is able to bear fruit.

You Are the Salt of the Earth. Just as salt is used for many things––preservation, enriching the taste of food, and even in times past for purifying wounds––, Christ wants to use me to help others grow closer to himself. Christ has given me my talents and my strengths, but without him, they become sterile. Separated from the source of my qualities, I become like salt without power to flavor.

You Are the Salt of the Earth. “By this [Jesus] meant that all his disciples, all those who would be called ‘Christians’ down through the centuries, would have the responsibility to work to give the new ‘taste’ of the Gospel to the earth and enlighten the whole world with Jesus’ teaching” (Letter of Fr Marcial Maciel, November 1, 1991). Salt enhances the food we eat by accenting the natural flavor already present in the food. In like manner, we are called by God to enhance the world around us with the “saltiness” of our Christian lives. God created the world good but sin has marred it. Through baptism God gives me the “salt” of his divine life –- grace — so that, in turn, this grace of baptism will develop into a life of virtue and Christian charity by which I am called to “season” my environment.

You Are the Salt of the Earth.  We know how it is to eat food that is flat and tasteless. The food might sustain the life of the body, but there is no zest, no joy, only an effort to get the food down. The disciple of Jesus brings to human life the salt of meaning and purpose, as the Catechism teaches — “[God] calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength…. In his Son and through him, he invites men to become, in the Holy Spirit, his adopted children and thus heirs of his blessed life” (no. 1). Help me Lord Jesus to live for you and only for you. Let my deeds glorify our heavenly Father. In Holy Communion, dear Lord, let me taste the bread of heaven so that my every step may lead me to union with you forever.

You Are the Light of the World. Without light we are blind. The human eye is rendered useless where light is unable to penetrate. Analogously, all people have the power to know God who is truth, goodness and love. But without the particular light that is Jesus Christ, those faculties are clouded at best. Jesus wants you and me to be his light in contemporary society. By the way I live my life other people must see: They must see Christ. They must see the dignity of the human person and the noble calling each one of us has to live forever with God. They must see that love and mercy triumph over evil, suffering and death. The world needs our light because the world needs Christ.

Let Your Light Shine Before Others. What about humility? What about not letting your right hand know what your left hand is doing? Jesus reminds us that our lives and actions are meant to direct people’s gaze to God and not towards ourselves: “So that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” The world has needed to see Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta in action. It has needed to see the youthful vigor and the aged frailty of the late Pope John Paul II. Their light has illumined our path towards God without digressing into personality cults. This side of heaven, we will always need the example of the saints, and that is precisely what you and I are called to be.

You Are the Light of the World. Light is necessary for us to see where we are going. Christ has called me to be light of the world. We need to shine as an example before all people, so that they may see the good Christ inspires us to do and give glory to him. As long as the fire of my love for Christ burns, he will be able to do great things through me.

You Are the Light of the World.  How can this be — that the disciples bring light to the world? Is it because of their intelligence? Certainly not. It is Jesus who taught them the truth and shared with them the wonderful knowledge of God’s great love for us: “God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten Son” (John 3:16). Missionaries have always used the cross as their standard. The Christian message is always this: behold how much God loves us.

Glorify the Father. How are we to go about the task? The answer lies in our baptism. Through this sacrament our whole being is introduced into a new life – the life of an adopted son or daughter of God in Christ Jesus. Baptism confers on us the guarantee of God’s support in our endeavors. From now on, in all that we do for God’s glory, we are able to do it through our participation in Christ’s royal priesthood. How then shall we be the light of the world? Not in virtue of our own merits or knowledge, not in virtue of technology, science or any worldly power, but in virtue of the Holy Spirit who works within us, guiding and directing our efforts. So, if we are to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth, we must seek always to follow Holy Spirit’s inspirations and trust absolutely in him. By doing so, we will become those disciples whose greatest desire is to glorify the Father, and people will see in us the hand of God.

That They May See Your Good Works and Glorify Your Father.  St Anthony, living happily in his Portuguese monastery, was stunned by the zeal and austerity of some Franciscans who were on their way to convert the Muslims of Africa. When the bodies of the martyred Franciscans were returned to Europe, St Anthony asked permission to join the Franciscan order and to go to Africa himself. Once there, he became ill, for it was God’s will that he evangelize the people of Europe. The medieval audience could see in St Anthony’s sacrificial life and holy preaching the very image of Christ. That is why St Anthony is usually pictured holding the Christ Child. St Anthony, pray for me that I too might bring the light of Christ to others.

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While dining the wife asked her husband: “How is the soup?” “Bland!” was the husband’s reply. “How is the meat?” “Tasteless!” was the husband’s complaint.  The following day the maid-cook under probation was told to look for another job somewhere.

In the gospel Jesus tells his disciples that they are “the salt of the earth.” Their whole personality should be a flavor-giving element to the world.  Others more eloquently term this as a “life-giving person.” Jesus adds: “You are the light of the world…your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” These comprise the main task of discipleship.

There are innumerable associations and organizations that meet regularly for prayer meetings, planning and evaluation, socials, formation seminars, etc. but are now non-existent simply because there are no members who worthily assumed the role of salt, light or both. Their meetings are more social in nature than opportunities for new learning, growth or strengthening of faith. inasmuch as Christians are supposed to be salt and light themselves it is also worthwhile to look into the life of those Church entities whether Jesus the “prototype” salt and light is in the picture. If he is not present then their activities will continually be “bland,” tasteless and full of darkness. These are the elements that would eventually lead to the groups’ dissipation and disintegration.

Who are the life and light-givers in your group or community? Thank the Lord for them. And are you one of them? (Fr. Ed Fugoso, SVD Bible Diary 2004)

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My paternal grandfather likes to cook and eat a lot. His taste for food is very discriminating. He uses quality ingredients when preparing his recipes. May favourite among his recipes is asado de legua. I like his lingua very much but one time he forgot to put salt and guests did not touch it with the usual gusto. He then realized that food without salt becomes bland and tasteless in spite of the best ingredients.

Our gospel today makes it clear that we are the salt of the earth, we are the light of the world. A lamp that is lit and put upon a stand cannot help but to give light. Salt cannot help but favour things. Being Christians, we cannot help but to be good examples to people. Our light must shine so brightly before others so that when they see our good works, they will give glory to God.

To become salt of the earth and light of the world, we have to put into action what we profess. If we believe that Jesus Christ is God, that He is the fulfilment of everything God has promised, then there is only one person for us to turn to – the Lord. Trust Him and allow Him to work in us and through us that God will receive the glory. (Fr. Nestor Sibug, SVD Bible Diary 2005)

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A young man was seen stopping at one corner of the street every morning, pulling out a mirror from his pocket and reflecting the sun into a window of an apartment situated high up a tall building. Somebody asked him why he was doing that every morning. He replied: “You see in that room over there, where I am trying to reflect the rays of the sun, there lies my little brother, sick and bedridden. Unfortunately, the direct rays of the sun never enter his room. This is the only way I can bring a bit of sunshine into his life.”

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Jesus says we should spread light by our good example. Example attracts people just as a lamp attracts insects. Do we realize that most of the first things we learned were learned by imitating the example of others?  That is how we learned to walk and talk, to play and work, read and write. Their example was like a little flame which went ahead and we followed after it.

People, especially young people, are watching us all the time. If we do something good, we invite them to come and follow us. Unfortunately if we do something bad, they will follow us, too, and then excuse themselves by saying; “Well if he/she could do it, why can’t I?” worse is the case when we have done nothing at all. A Catholic lawyer visited his non-Catholic partner of twenty years who was dying in a hospital. “Now that you are dying, don’t you think you should embrace the Faith?” The non-Catholic answered: “If your Faith meant so little to you in life that you never spoke about it in twenty years, then it can mean little at my death,” (Lovasik).

Our good examples can teach more people than a thousand books can. Let us not forget that many people cannot read books. Let us not excuse ourselves and say: “My example is too small to do any good: it is no bigger than the flame of a burning match.” Don’t misjudge the power of a little match. It can burn down a whole town! Your good example is just as powerful; it can make a difference. And talking about difference, food taste better with some sprinkling of salt. Unless one is on a saltless diet, food without salt is tasteless. Be different, be a Christian! (Bible Diary 2007)

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A preacher was suddenly called out of town and he asked the new youth minister to conduct services on Sunday. When he returned, he asked his wife how the young man had done. “Not so well,” she reported. “it was the poorest sermon I had ever heard, nothing to it at all.” Meeting the youth minister later, the preacher asked him how he had managed. “Pretty good, I guess,” replied the young man. “As I did not have time to prepare anything myself, I just used one of your sermons.”

We cannot simply parrot the words of God. They have to be backed by good works. Just like salt that is tasteless, the words of God remain meaningless when one cannot show good deeds as testimonies. Christian participation is essential to show God’s words as operative and effective. Without active participation, we also invite disaster because we do not fulfil our role as the ‘salt of the earth’ which brings purity to life and as well as an ‘antiseptic power’ to life’s excesses. As light, men ought to see our good deeds the good deeds of the Christian must not only be good, however, they must also be attractive for there is ‘a certain tragedy of the so-called goodness, a goodness that attracts and a goodness that repeals.’ Our good works should point to God and not to ourselves so that thanks and glory may be given to God our heavenly Father. (Fr. Jose Caballes, SVD Bible Diary 2008)

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The Lord reminds us today that salt, one of the basic seasonings, can lose its taste. In connection with this, I have a question in my mind for many years now: Does poison lose its potency after some time? Does poison has an expiry date?

Can Christians lose their “taste” and their “light”? so as not to lose our taste, so as not to love our “potency,” and to continue shining as light, we Christians must not forget metanoia, koinonia, diakonia and kerygma in our daily lives.

Metanoia: We must be open to conversion at any moment of our lives. We must never say, “enough!” because there will always be lessons to be learned, realizations to be valued, relationships to be healed and strengthened and moments to be cherished.

Koinonia: We need fellowship. We need prayer. We need a community to support and sustain us.

Diakonia: Without service, outreach or apostolate, the flame of faith soon dies. Our prayer life should lead us to true service, and our service should lead us to deeper prayer.

Kerygma: the Christian’s life is one big proclamation, not only by words, but by one’s own witnessing. The Christian proclaims and points to someone greater than himself/herself.

Let us not forget Maria and Eucharistia and Biblia to keep us aflame, alert and alive! (Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD Bible Diary 2009)

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June 7, 2016 Tuesday

For many years “Bol-anon” sailors and traders from Loay sailed their “batil” loaded with salt, dried and salted sh (ginamos, tinabal, and buwad) taking them for trade with other produce with the people of Davao’s and Agusan’s interior towns. The salty products proved valuable, for they definitely added a welcome favor to the rice, corn or cassava the people from Mindanao fed themselves with.

After weeks, even months of trading these enterprising “Bol-anons” would sail home often in the cloak of the night relying on the light of the moon or the lamps shermen carried along as these tried their luck along the shores. Safety and guidance came hand in hand, thanks to the light that broke through the dark of the night.

Jesus encourages his listeners to be the “salt of the earth” and “light of the world.” Both salt and light were highly priced then, even now. What would food be without salt, and what would break the darkness of the night without light?

Salt as well as the light of a lamp are prized not in or for themselves; rather, they are valued when they are for the good of others.

They are expendable. Salt and light of a lamp or a candlestick are transitory. They last but for a moment, and after a brief span of time they pass over to nothingness. Happily, the disciples of Jesus—though mortal as they are—have been promised eternal and blessed life after having shown their love to God and others.

Once home the “Bol-anon” sailors and traders make it a point to show their gratitude by going to their church. There—in the company of their respective families– they pray in thanksgiving, attributing their safety and success to love from the Most Holy Trinity. (Fr. Florencio Lagura, SVD U. S. A. Bible Diary 2016)

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The Similes of Salt and Light

Mt 5:13-16

[Jesus said to his disciples,] 13“You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. 15Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. 16Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”

Reflection:

You are the salt of the earth. Jesus does not tell this to his disciples to say that they easily melt when water comes. His meaning? Salt preserves from corruption. Christians are meant by God to preserve this world from corruption.

Salt also gives taste to food and improves our appetite—pampagana (appetite stimulant). Without salt, food is tasteless. Christians are to give flavor to the world, make it desirable to live in by the way they live, as described in the Beatitudes.

Salt heals wounds. Christians are meant to be a healing force for people’s wounds brought about by sin.

Christians salt the earth without calling much attention to themselves. They do not have to be attention-grabbers to achieve their mission.

 Be salt wherever you are by doing God’s will.

Be a force for good like salt.

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Good works are the fruit of charity, which consists in loving others as God loves us (cf. John 15:12). “I see now that true charity consists in bearing with the faults of those about us, never being surprised by their weakness, but edified at the least sign of virtue. I see above all that charity must not remain hidden in the bottom of our hearts: ‘nor do men light a lamp and put it under a basket…’ It seems to me that this lamp is the symbol of charity; it must shine out not only to cheer those we love best but all in the house” (St Therése of Lisieaux, Autobiography, chapter 9). To work in an apostolate of the Church is the clearest way to follow this invitation to be light to the world, a clear expression of charity.

The mission of the Church is our mission as members of Christ. Christ asks us to take what we have received and give it to others, leading them to this experience of Christ too. “The apostolate of the laity is a sharing in the salvific mission of the Church. Through baptism and confirmation all are appointed to this apostolate by the Lord himself. Moreover, by the sacraments, and especially by the Eucharist, that love of God and man which is the soul of the apostolate is communicated and nourished. The laity, however, are given this special vocation: to make the Church present and fruitful in those places and circumstances where it is only through them that she can become the salt of the earth. Thus, every lay person, through those gifts given to him, is at once the witness and the living instrument of the mission of the Church itself “according to the measure of Christ´s bestowal” (Eph. 4: 7)” (cf. Lumen Gentium #33).

A Duty of Love God is good! Yes, he is wonderfully good! We should feel the need in our hearts to proclaim with all our being his goodness. What are we that he should care for us? Who are we that God should die for us? Why does he love us so much? Yet the fact is that he does love us and it is a duty of love that summons us to be witnesses in this world to his goodness. Time and again, men in their blindness, others in pride, still others because great sorrow and pain, doubt that God is good. Yet we know the truth and we know that we have a duty to defend the good name of God. Love cannot stand by while the beloved is insulted, misunderstood or accused of evil. We must help our brothers to discover the tremendous reality that God is love. This means that we must strive to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world by being witnesses to the hope that is unshakable because it is grounded in the eternity of God.

Be Strong in Love. Christ’s call for us to be his disciples and to proclaim the Gospel to all men can seem too much. With the wear and tear of our daily life, with the struggle to make ends meet, it appears that there is no time, no energy to be a disciple of Christ. We must not lose sight of the beginning of our discipleship. It did not originate in our making a contract with the Lord. It began in his heart, when he said, “It is not you who have chosen me, but I who have chosen you.” It began when he said, “I no longer call you servants, but friends.” The Son of God has called us his friends. Who would dare to say that? Who could dream it possible? No one! Yet it is the truth. Our discipleship is rooted in the love that Christ has for us. That is why he tells us to always remain in his love. In fact, he wants us to live in his love, just as a branch lives in the vine and thus is able to bear fruit.

You Are the Salt of the Earth. Just as salt is used for many things––preservation, enriching the taste of food, and even in times past for purifying wounds––, Christ wants to use me to help others grow closer to himself. Christ has given me my talents and my strengths, but without him, they become sterile. Separated from the source of my qualities, I become like salt without power to flavor.

You Are the Salt of the Earth. “By this [Jesus] meant that all his disciples, all those who would be called ‘Christians’ down through the centuries, would have the responsibility to work to give the new ‘taste’ of the Gospel to the earth and enlighten the whole world with Jesus’ teaching” (Letter of Fr Marcial Maciel, November 1, 1991). Salt enhances the food we eat by accenting the natural flavor already present in the food. In like manner, we are called by God to enhance the world around us with the “saltiness” of our Christian lives. God created the world good but sin has marred it. Through baptism God gives me the “salt” of his divine life –- grace — so that, in turn, this grace of baptism will develop into a life of virtue and Christian charity by which I am called to “season” my environment.

You Are the Salt of the Earth.  We know how it is to eat food that is flat and tasteless. The food might sustain the life of the body, but there is no zest, no joy, only an effort to get the food down. The disciple of Jesus brings to human life the salt of meaning and purpose, as the Catechism teaches — “[God] calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength…. In his Son and through him, he invites men to become, in the Holy Spirit, his adopted children and thus heirs of his blessed life” (no. 1). Help me Lord Jesus to live for you and only for you. Let my deeds glorify our heavenly Father. In Holy Communion, dear Lord, let me taste the bread of heaven so that my every step may lead me to union with you forever.

You Are the Light of the World. Without light we are blind. The human eye is rendered useless where light is unable to penetrate. Analogously, all people have the power to know God who is truth, goodness and love. But without the particular light that is Jesus Christ, those faculties are clouded at best. Jesus wants you and me to be his light in contemporary society. By the way I live my life other people must see: They must see Christ. They must see the dignity of the human person and the noble calling each one of us has to live forever with God. They must see that love and mercy triumph over evil, suffering and death. The world needs our light because the world needs Christ.

Let Your Light Shine Before Others. What about humility? What about not letting your right hand know what your left hand is doing? Jesus reminds us that our lives and actions are meant to direct people’s gaze to God and not towards ourselves: “So that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” The world has needed to see Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta in action. It has needed to see the youthful vigor and the aged frailty of the late Pope John Paul II. Their light has illumined our path towards God without digressing into personality cults. This side of heaven, we will always need the example of the saints, and that is precisely what you and I are called to be.

You Are the Light of the World. Light is necessary for us to see where we are going. Christ has called me to be light of the world. We need to shine as an example before all people, so that they may see the good Christ inspires us to do and give glory to him. As long as the fire of my love for Christ burns, he will be able to do great things through me.

You Are the Light of the World.  How can this be — that the disciples bring light to the world? Is it because of their intelligence? Certainly not. It is Jesus who taught them the truth and shared with them the wonderful knowledge of God’s great love for us: “God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten Son” (John 3:16). Missionaries have always used the cross as their standard. The Christian message is always this: behold how much God loves us.

Glorify the Father. How are we to go about the task? The answer lies in our baptism. Through this sacrament our whole being is introduced into a new life – the life of an adopted son or daughter of God in Christ Jesus. Baptism confers on us the guarantee of God’s support in our endeavors. From now on, in all that we do for God’s glory, we are able to do it through our participation in Christ’s royal priesthood. How then shall we be the light of the world? Not in virtue of our own merits or knowledge, not in virtue of technology, science or any worldly power, but in virtue of the Holy Spirit who works within us, guiding and directing our efforts. So, if we are to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth, we must seek always to follow Holy Spirit’s inspirations and trust absolutely in him. By doing so, we will become those disciples whose greatest desire is to glorify the Father, and people will see in us the hand of God.

That They May See Your Good Works and Glorify Your Father.  St Anthony, living happily in his Portuguese monastery, was stunned by the zeal and austerity of some Franciscans who were on their way to convert the Muslims of Africa. When the bodies of the martyred Franciscans were returned to Europe, St Anthony asked permission to join the Franciscan order and to go to Africa himself. Once there, he became ill, for it was God’s will that he evangelize the people of Europe. The medieval audience could see in St Anthony’s sacrificial life and holy preaching the very image of Christ. That is why St Anthony is usually pictured holding the Christ Child. St Anthony, pray for me that I too might bring the light of Christ to others.

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A young man was seen stopping at one corner of the street every morning, pulling out a mirror from his pocket and reflecting the sun into a window of an apartment situated high up a tall building. Somebody asked him why he was doing that every morning. He replied: “You see in that room over there, where I am trying to reflect the rays of the sun, there lies my little brother, sick and bedridden. Unfortunately, the direct rays of the sun never enter his room. This is the only way I can bring a bit of sunshine into his life.”

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Tuesday of the 10th Week in Ordinary Time (Year B) – Mateo 5:13-16. Unsa may papel sa mga Kristiyano dinhi sa kalibotan? Diha sa ebanghelyo, si Jesus migamit og duha ka hulagway: asin ug kahayag. Ang asin maghatag og kalami sa pagkaon. Sa samang paagi, ang mga Kristiyano gilaoman ni Jesus nga maghimo sa kalibotan nga mas nindot nga puy-an. Ang kahayag importante nga elemento sa kalibotan; kon wala kini magbinanggaay kita ug daghan kanato ang mahagbong sa mga kanal o pangpang. Gitawag kita ni Jesus og “kahayag” tungod kay gusto niya nga kita ang maghatag og lamdag sa katilingban ug nga kita ang maggiya sa usag-usa sa saktong dalan padulong sa katarong. Bisan unsa ang estado sa kinabuhi, mahimo nato ang paghatag og gugma ug kalipay sa katilingban. (Fr. Abet Uy)

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TUESDAY OF THE 10TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) MATEO 5:13-16. UNSA MAY PAPEL SA MGA KRISTIYANO DINHI SA KALIBOTAN? Si Hesus migamit og duha ka hulagway: asin ug kahayag. Ang asin maoy maghatag og kalami sa pagkaon ug magpaluntad niini. Sama sa asin, ang mga Kristiyano gilaoman ni Hesus nga maghimo sa kalibotan nga mas nindot puy-an pinaagi sa paghigugma ug pag-alagad sa usag-usa. Ang kahayag usa usab ka bililhon nga elemento. Kon wala kini, ang mga tawo magkabanggaay, mangahagbong sa kanal, ug dili makaabot sa ilang padulngan. Sama sa kahayag, ang mga Kristiyano giawhag ni Hesus nga maghatag og lamdag sa katilingban pinaagi sa ilang maayong panig-ingnan. Si Nelson Mandela nag-ingon: “We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in our hands to make a difference.” Posted by Abet Uy

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JEHOVAH-JIREH: And she and he and her household ate for many days. – 1 Kings 17:15

She only had enough money to buy food for her family that evening and for her ride home. But when the love offering time came during the prayer meeting, she felt that God wanted her to give all that she had. The joy she felt after giving was inexplicable, but she also thought of how long it would take her to walk home.

Right after the prayer meeting, someone approached her and asked her if she wanted to hitch a ride. She got home in no time! But she had no food to feed her family. So they all went to bed early to forget the hunger. Later, they were aroused from their sleep by an urgent knock on the door. She got up to open the door a little since it was blocked by their bed. The person thrust his hand through the partly opened door, holding a big plastic bag. She almost cried when she saw that it was filled with food! She quickly moved the bed to open the door and see who their generous donor was but no one was there.

When the Spirit moves you to give or to do something, never ignore it. Otherwise, you may miss out on the chance of seeing God at work. More than your sacrifice, what God wants is your absolute trust that cries out, “Jehovah-Jireh, my God will provide!” Ronna Ledesma (ronna_ledesma@yahoo.com.ph)

Reflection: When we worry, it only means we are focused more on the lack in our pockets rather than on the abundance in our Father’s hand.

Father, forgive me for those times I worried and stressed over what I do not have instead of looking at everything You have.

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1ST READING: The widow’s generosity is both understandable and amazing. Understandable because she has so little — so what does it really matter if she shares it with a stranger? Amazing because she is willing to share the little she has to sustain her and her son’s life. In this we see the nature of faith — faith that God is with her and that whatever happens is in the hands of God. Let us pray that we may have a similar depth of faith. 1 Kings 17:7-16

GOSPEL: Spices, especially salt, are used in cooking to both hide unwanted flavors and enhance those that are desired. The same is true of our faith. Faith is there to draw out the graces of the Spirit and make them more manifest to the world so that many will believe in the Gospel. Let us always seek to enhance our faith by strengthening it with prayer and through reading the Scriptures and the lives of saints. Matthew 5:13-16

think:  Let us always seek to enhance our faith by strengthening it with prayer and through reading the Scriptures and the lives of saints.

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LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE! I am not much of a salt person but I do know that when it is added to food, it makes quite a difference. Salt was used widely in Palestine during Jesus’ time and until now in order to preserve food and add to its taste. Salt is as common as dirt, easily trampled upon when it has served its purpose.

I also have a fond memory of listening to a visitor retelling her experience of flying into Manila, Philippines at Christmas time and being mesmerized by the sea of lights that welcomed her.

Salt and light are common commodities and very useful, but sometimes taken for granted. However, Jesus is teaching us to be as common as salt and light so that others may see and give glory to God. Notice how God makes things extraordinary out of the ordinary.

Jesus is the light of the world. He tells His followers that anyone who follows Him will have the light of life (John 8:12). Interestingly, in Jewish thought, there is only light; darkness does not exist. Darkness is only where light has not yet penetrated. Darkness is the absence of light.

According to Jewish thought, everything is light. When the clouds cover the sky, the sun is still shining. What a beautiful sight it is to observe the breaking of dawn and watch the light of the sun penetrate and illuminate all within its path.

Light is fascinating. Light is life. Jesus calls us the light of the world. Again, at the Easter Vigil, the great service of light, we notice the powerful effect each candle has upon a church as we listen to the great Exsultet. So light is a powerful commodity. What an honor it is to be a powerful presence in the world. We know what little we can do without light. A power failure during a violent storm, a light bulb having blown, having electricity cut off — these are all instances when we see the powerful effect of light upon us. Without light, we die and cease to live. Fr. Brian Steele, MGL

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: Reflect on the power of light: the sun, the lighted globe, the eyes. How does light serve you? How can you be a light to others?

Jesus, I am honored to be called a light to the world. Help me to bring light and life to all. Amen.

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WE ARE IMPORTANT – I write this reflection in the midst of a surprise visit to our Pauline sisters in Pakistan. I had been here in January 1993, when the Italian pioneers of the Daughters of St. Paul asked me to preach a retreat to three novices preparing for their first profession of religious vows. These three were their first vocation after almost 10 years of not having novices. Now, I can only thank God for how the community has grown in the number of young Pakistani sisters.

The Rawalpindi community house and book shop of the sisters is their newest foundation. They had been coming to  Rawalpindi every year for a six-month mission with their books and religious articles, from their house in Lahore, a good four-hour journey away. The bishop and the Christian community in Rawalpindi told the sisters to put up their permanent presence and media apostolate. The community in Rawalpindi need them, as “salt” and “light” to respond to and to sustain the faith in this city that is closest to the capital of the nation. A big challenge then for the sisters who had to contend with limited members and resources to deploy.

Salt and light — elements that Jesus used to compare to Christians — need not be plenty. The important thing is their presence. They are elements needed to have a basic life. Imagine how daily human life will be in a world without salt and light. Another thing is their consistency and faithfulness: Though not plenty, salt serves its purpose by its consistent saltiness, and light serves its purpose by its shining forth. Fr. Domie Guzman, SSP

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: Have you appreciated your unique contribution to the faith-life of your family, friends, Church community and workplace? Are you true to your important role as “nourisher” of faith in others? What do you do along this line?

Show me the ways that I can be true salt and light in the places and people around me, Lord.

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SALT AND LIGHT: God is good, at sa araw-araw, binibigyan Niya tayo ng kalakasan at ng anumang kakailanganin natin para harapin ang mga pagsubok ng araw na ito.

Let’s look at Matthew 5:13-16 (NLT). Magandang paalala ito ha:

You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it useful again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. You are the light of the world – like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see.

You are the salt of the earth. Hindi dahil sa maalat ang pawis mo, ha.  We are the salt of the earth, ibig sabihin, “agent of preservation.” If you are a child of God, working wherever he has placed, unang-una tandaan mo, be salt. And what are the things that we should preserve in our places of work?

Preserve goodness and holiness wherever you are. So dapat, sa ating mga iniisip, sinasabi at ginagawa, tayo ay asin, preserving goodness and holiness.

Preserve unity and harmony. Hindi nga ba, ang nilalabanan ng asin ay decay, o kabulukan? Maaring ito ay decay ng relationships, decay ng mga pagsasama-sama, sa teamwork. So as salt, we should be agents of preservation of unity and harmony wherever we are, opisina man, simbahan, community, o neighborhood, dapat kilala ka bilang isang tagapamayapa o peacemaker.

Be light also. Each of us should be an exemplary model. If you say that you are a Christian, that you are a follower of Christ, dapat ay exemplary model tayo: show excellence in what you do. Hindi lamang excellent sa pagku-quote ng mga Bible verses, at sa pagsasabi ng “God bless you.” We should show excellence in our work. Show love in your ways. Importante rin that as light, we show integrity and perseverance, pagsusumikap at hardwork, pagiging masipag.

Be salt and light. You are the salt of the earth and you are the light of the work. Paalala sa atin iyan buhat sa Matthew 5:13-16.

Kung napapansin mo paminsan-minsan, we get directly from the Word of God things and tips that we could apply in our places of work. Maganda na simulan mo ang iyong pagtatrabaho, ang iyong araw, sa pamamagitan ng pagbabasa ng Salita ng Diyos. This is the best book that you could ever read – kahit kung ito ay ia-apply natin sa ating pang-araw-araw na trabaho at buhay.

Be a blessing in this workplace today.

Source: Maloi Malibiran Salumbides (As You Enter the Race 2012:40-42)

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June 9, 2015 (readings)

Tuesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

Father Shawn Aaron, LC

Matthew 5:13-16

Jesus said to his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”

Introductory Prayer: Father of love, source of all blessings, you have led me throughout my life, and you lead me still. Thank you for your paternal care. Jesus, Son of God, you died for me on the cross to pay for my sins and manifest your unconditional love for me. Thank you for showing me the way home to the Father. Holy Spirit, sweet guest of the soul, you heal me and strengthen me and set me on fire from the most intimate depths of my soul. Thank you for your loving presence within me.

Petition: Lord, show me where I can make a difference.

  1. The New Flavor of the Gospel:By calling us “the salt of the earth” Jesus meant that all his disciples, all those who would be called ‘Christians’ down through the centuries, would have the responsibility to work to give the new ‘taste’ of the Gospel to the earth and enlighten the whole world with Jesus’ teaching. Salt enhances the food we eat by accenting the natural flavor already present in the food. In like manner, we are called by God to enhance the world around us with the “saltiness” of our Christian lives. God created the world good, but sin has marred it. Through baptism God gives us the “salt” of his divine life – grace – so that, in turn, this grace of baptism will develop into a life of virtue and Christian charity by which we are called to “season” our environment. Do I have this awareness and desire which springs from my baptism?
  2. Enlightening Minds and Hearts:Without light we are blind. The human eye is rendered useless where light is unable to penetrate. Analogously, all people have the power to know God who is truth, goodness and love. But without the particular light that is Jesus Christ, those faculties are clouded at best. Jesus wants you and me to be his light in contemporary society. By the way we live our life other people must see: They must see Christ. They must see the dignity of the human person and the noble calling each one of us has to live forever with God. They must see that love and mercy triumph over evil, suffering and death. The world needs our light because the world needs Christ.
  3. The Shining Example of the Saints:What about humility? What about not letting your right hand know what your left hand is doing? Jesus reminds us that our lives and actions are meant to direct people’s gaze to God and not towards ourselves: “So that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” The world has needed to see Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta in action. It has needed to see the youthful vigor and the aged frailty of Pope Saint John Paul II. Their light has illumined our path towards God. This side of heaven, we will always need the example of the saints, and that is precisely what you and I are called to be.

Conversation with Christ: Lord, you have given me everything I need to be faithful. Grant me also the courage and the zeal to live what I believe and to testify to your faithful love in my thoughts, words and actions. Mother Most Pure, make my heart only for Jesus.

Resolution: Today I will speak to someone about Jesus, backing up my words with the sincerity with which I live my Christian commitments.

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One Bread, One Body – Reflection for June 9, 2015

“THROUGH HIM”

“It is through Him that we address our Amen to God when we worship together.” –2 Corinthians 1:20

At every Mass, the Eucharistic prayer comes to a climax when the priest elevates the body and blood of Jesus and proclaims: “Through Him, with Him, in Him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is Yours, almighty Father, forever and ever.” At this climactic moment, the entire assembly responds “Amen.” We worship God together by addressing our Amen through Jesus to the Father in the Spirit (2 Cor 1:20).

This is God’s plan for worship. Through Jesus (2 Cor 1:20), we worship the Father, addressing our prayer and praise to Him. With Jesus (Eph 2:6; Rm 6:8), we are raised up to heaven in our worship and share in the life of the Father. In Jesus (Phil 3:9), we find our very life and share in the glory of the Father (2 Thes 1:12).

In the Mass, every person, prayer, praise, promise (2 Cor 1:20), and proclamation are all wrapped together and offered to God through, with, and in Jesus. In turn, God the Father shares His life with us through, with, and in Jesus in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Re-dedicate yourself often to God through Jesus in the Mass, even daily if possible. Joyfully immerse yourself in the worship of heaven. Experience the fullness of God – through, with, and in Jesus.

PRAYER: Thank You, Jesus, for lifting us up to the Father in the Mass. I will praise You in eucharistic joy forever.

PROMISE: “Your light must shine before men so that they may see goodness in your acts and give praise to your heavenly Father.” –Mt 5:16

PRAISE: St. Ephrem was a teacher, Scripture scholar, prolific songwriter and worship leader, and is a Doctor of the Church.

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June 9, 2015

Tuesday of the 10th Week in the Ordinary Time B

Salt of the earth and Light of the World – ‘Minorities

In India, Christians are given the ‘privilege’ of Minorities. This implicates that we belong to a group of religious practitioners who are less in number than the followers of major religions. The minorities have their own rights and privileges and in today’s society in the light of growing religious intolerance. But in this fine morning when we reflect on the teaching of the Lord during his sermon on the mountain, I am forced to think otherwise. This wild thought takes me to that extend that I am forced to think that we are not minorities at all.

Jesus addressed his followers as salt of the earth and light of the world. In a way he dared to call them so, and challenged them to be so. Taking the simple example of salt and light from their daily lives, he wanted to convince them of their role and responsibility in this world. As for now we know the importance of these two elements in the lives of ordinary people. Without these the life is practically impossible. That is the relevance of these otherwise unnoticed or unrecognized materials.

Now when we connect this with the minority status of the Christians in India or Arabian countries where we are abundantly persecuted these days one shall recall our role and responsibilities as the practicing Christians. No one may add an equal amount of salt to a plate of meals, whatever is the dish. A plate of edible things needs only a pinch of salt, which will add taste to every spec of the item. If anybody tries to eat equal amount of cereals salt mixed, imagine how horrible that would be and all of us who are used to cooking and serving know how skilled one shall be add proper amount of salt in dishes.

The same is the case with light. We never light a heap of chaff in a room to illumine it. It is enough that a single candle or a single bulb to be installed or lighted to give light to the whole room. Light has all the potency to reach the maximum corners to remove darkness. Its speed of travel also in beyond our imagination. The Photonics branch of Science has been dedicating much of its scope in this line. Jesus some 2000+ years ago called out every Christian to the light of the world. It has mainly two implications-1) we are called to be the removers of darkness and 2) we have to represent Christ the true light.

Hence, it is not the number that counts, but the performance, effect and impact that will measure a true Christian. We are enough in number, if our role is that of salt and light. So let’s not be over-enthusiastic to be addressed minority, for we are majority-majority in effect and impact. Let every one of us perform our roles well so as ensure the establishment of the Kingdome at the earliest. Amen! Fr Biju Tharaniyil CMI

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Reflection for June 9, Tuesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time; Matthew 5:13-16

Reflection: A young doctor who topped the board exam was offered by a multinational pharmaceutical company to work for them. She was presented with a big signing bonus, offered a huge salary and to top it all was also offered further studies abroad. Yet she refused the very attractive financial windfall and benefits.

When asked why? Her simple but very meaningful reply was this: I intend to go back to my home province and make a big positive difference in the lives of my poor provincemates where I also belong once upon a time.

Jesus in our gospel tells us: You are the salt of the earth and you are the light of the world (Matthew 5:13-14). What does it mean to become salt and light of this world? It simply means that we need to live a meaningful life! A life that is not lived for oneself alone but a life to be lived for others most especially the poor.

Often times we get to fixated on ourselves. We have this me first mentality everything that we do is for ourselves first. Then when the time comes that we are able to achieve our objectives and goals. We think now of giving back to our community, church and the poor.

When Jesus said that you are the salt and light of this world. He did not say fullfil first your dreams to be successful and rich. After which you think now of giving back to your community, church and the poor.

We need to become salt and light for others not tomorrow and certainly not in the future. We need to become salt and light in the lives others today, during this very moment. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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