Our Chris­tian Vo­ca­tion

Salt of the Earth and Light of the World

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Sports - BY FA­THER LEE LAIHEY

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? . . . You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill can­not be hid­den . . . let your light shine be­fore hu­man be­ings, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Fa­ther in heaven.” (Matthew 5: 13a; 14; 16).

In the an­cient world, salt was one of the most im­por­tant ne­ces­si­ties of life. It was used for the preser­va­tion and sea­son­ing of food. So too was light for ob­vi­ous rea­sons. Both are still vi­tally im­por­tant to­day.

What was Je­sus try­ing to say when he used these two images? He was telling them they have a cru­cial role to play in the world through their good deeds.

When re­li­gious prac­tice is dis­con­nected from daily life, our faith is not gen­uine. To use Je­sus’ anal­ogy, it is like salt that has lost its flavour or a lamp that does not give light.

To­day there are a myr­iad of forces try­ing to con­vince us to sup­press our faith and that faith is only a pri­vate af­fair. Sadly, this at­ti­tude is now per­va­sive even among Chris­tians due to po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness and sec­u­lar­ism. How­ever, such an at­ti­tude is con­trary to our Chris­tian vo­ca­tion.

Je­sus makes it clear that our faith is very much a pub­lic af­fair and af­fects every as­pect of our lives. Our faith must be ex­pressed by con­crete ac­tions.

It is not suf­fi­cient to say that we have faith; we have to show oth­ers that we have faith. Like the old say­ing goes: ac­tions speak louder than words.

When re­li­gious prac­tice leads to ac­tions, our faith has the po­ten­tial to touch the lives of peo­ple. When we pro­vide food and cloth­ing to those less for­tu­nate, speak up for those who don’t have a voice, con­sole those who mourn, visit some­one who is ill, and so on, we show our­selves to be salt of the earth and light of the world.

By our bap­tism, we are called to em­brace the Chris­tian way of life. Je­sus wants us to strive to be­come the best ver­sion of what we are: fol­low­ers of Christ and chil­dren of God.

Since we are like salt, then don’t let the salt of your faith lose its flavour. You can even add other spices as well. The more we put our faith into ac­tion, the saltier and spicier our faith be­comes.

In ad­di­tion, the light of our faith will be­come brighter. In sum, give taste and give light so that the Chris­tian way of life may be ap­peal­ing and rel­e­vant for peo­ple to­day.

This task is not one for the in­di­vid­ual Chris­tian only but for the Church as a whole. It is more ef­fec­tive to wit­ness to Christ as a mem­ber of a sup­port­ive com­mu­nity. Amen!

Fa­ther Lee Laihey

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