07 June 2016
Tuesday,10th Week in Ordinary Time
1 Kgs 17: 7–16 / Mt 5:13 – 16.
Gospel Reading: Mt 5:13 – 16
Jesus said, "You are the salt of the earth. But if salt has lost its strength, 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 lampstand, 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."
Jesus uses images such as salt, light, and a city set on a mountain, which are common to ordinary life. Think of the many uses of salt – to improve the taste of food; to preserve meat, fish, fruits and other foods; to heal wounds, to prevent colds, to relieve toothache and to remove toxin in the body, among others. Just imagine if the salt lost its taste and healing power. Then imagine the one single light in the midst of darkness. That one light cannot be hidden but is placed in a lampstand to give light to everyone in the household. The light can give hope and direction to those who are lost and groping in the dark. In like manner, a city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. After driving a long stretch of highway and passing fields, your car stalls and you seek help. Then as you walk, you see lighted houses on rolling hills. What do you feel?
In the rite of the sacrament of Baptism, aside from water, light (candle lighted from the Paschal candle) symbolizes receiving Christ's light, and the infant or adult is initiated into the life of the church and grows within the Christian family. We are called to be the salt and light in the heart of the world. As Christians, in what way are we salt and light in our family, our place of work, our community, and of the world? How can we be like cities set on hills and mountains? Let us pray that our good works rooted in love may be the light that will illumine the world and give glory to our heavenly God.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Atty. Juni Ho Gotamco
Timothy Jamenson & Lorraine Philipps Chan
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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