Gospel: Mt 5:13-16
Jesus said to his disciples, “you are the salt of the earth. But if salt has lost its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It has become useless. It can only be thrown away and people will trample on it.
“You are the light of the world. A city built on a mountain cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and covers it; instead, it is put on a lamp stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, your light must shine before others, so that they may see the good you do, and praise your Father in heaven.“
Read: Care for the people on the margins of the society, and God will be pleased with you. Do not trust in human wisdom, but let God’s power work in and through you. Be salt and light to the world.
Reflect: We can become salt and light to the world only by engaging in acts that bring saltiness and light into the lives of others. The first reading tells us what such acts are: acts that must care for the people on the margins. The second reading tells us what attitude we must have in doing such acts: a virginal openness that trusts in God’s power to act through us.
Pray: Lord, use me as salt and light for the world.
Act: Do one of the corporal acts of mercy today.