June 11, 2019

“Jesus said to his disciples: ‘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.’” Today’s gospel reminds us that being Catholic does not consist in simply avoiding sin. It does not suffice to pride ourselves that we have done nothing wrong. Because ultimately, God is going to ask us what we have done right. He will want to know how we have been salt for others, and how our light has made a difference in our world.

If we live under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and in obedience to Christ, we will inevitably influence the world for good, as salt has a positive influence on the flavor of the food it seasons. Where there is strife, we are to be peacemakers; where there is sorrow, we are to be the ministers of Christ, binding up wounds, and where there is hatred, we are to exemplify the love of God in Christ, returning good for evil

It seems, then, that our role as salt and light in the world may be hindered or prevented through any choice to compromise or settle for that which is more convenient or comfortable, rather than that which is truly best and pleasing to the Lord. We have, in the Eucharist a continuing reminder of one who did not live for himself, but for others. Only by remaining focused on Christ and being obedient to him can we expect to remain salt and light in our world.

How can I bring light into the world today?

Let Us Pray:

Loving Lord Jesus, in the Eucharist I come face to face with you, who have lived and died for others. Help me to truly be light for my world.


Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)


About Paul J. Bernier, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in 2015.