Following the conclusion of Eastertide and yesterday’s feast of Mary, Mother of the Church, we reconnect with the readings from Ordinary Time. Today we hear from the 1st Book of Kings and the Gospel of Matthew. We will be reading Matthew until Saturday, August 27, and then Luke for the rest of the liturgical year.
The gospel for today comes from the Sermon on the Mount, the most comprehensive collection of the sayings of Jesus in Matthew’s gospel, indeed in any of the gospels. This compilation is often said to be the jewel in the crown of Matthew’s presentation of Jesus and his teaching on the Kingdom, for which we pray every time we dare to say “Our Father.”
It is noticeable that Jesus tells his disciples that they are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Not that they should be, or will be, or can be. So too, he tells us. We are the salt and the light. Therefore, our engagement with the Word today does not ask us how we might be the salt and light but how we already identify ourselves as such for the sake of the Kingdom.
I am reminded of the quote from Galatians, chapter 2, verse 20 in our Blessed Sacrament Congregation’s Rule of Life, number 4, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” Saint Eymard was salt and light in his time and place, believing that Christ lived in him, and so can we. The light that we are is the light of Christ that we carry like a fire in our hearts which in the power of the Spirit can renew the face of the earth.
Let Us Pray:
Lord, send forth your Spirit and enkindle in us the fire of your love.
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