I have alot to be thankful for and the feeling of relief in getting through the first week of the last semester is just a good feeling. First of all, I successfully applied for graduation, got the modules that I wanted and attended a bilingual mass on campus. It has been an interesting week so far and though the days will pass by even faster soon, I pray for the strength and courage to see through the semester; I pray also for the sick and suffering that they will be positive and be reminded that Jesus is always with them.
The gospel begins by saying,“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. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father”(Matthew 5:13-16).
I think of food whenever when I hear the words “salt” and “light” which is funny because if the food is lightly salted, it tastes better which brings out the flavour. Rather, the context of “salt” and “light” is used in describing the disciples of Jesus. The image of salt is the essence of the disciples’ value which are unity, trust and the sharing of wisdom with one another and the world.
The image of light is powerful as it is the light of Christ that is guiding men towards the eternal salvation of God. How many of us panic when there is a blackout in the house? We scramble to search for candles or in this modern age, we rely on our smartphones for light. Often, we take light for granted, but it is necessary for survival.
Salt represents the teachings of Jesus where it is the fundamental essence of our Christian faith. Though it is challenging to walk the path of light, the challenge is for us to stick by it and to take up the challenge. We too must not lose the taste for the word of God which is the hunger for the Eucharist and to pass the teachings to others just like the disciples did. It is similar in the context of salt in the kitchen, and it is small but so valuable in whether the food tastes nice or bland.
The imagery of the lampstand is very relatable as it reminds me of the outside house light. My parents would always turn on the outside house light so that there will be some light when anyone comes back late at night. It is a small symbol of the presence of people in the house. If the light is on, I know that my family is home.
Similarly, we need to be the light towards others and where others can see that we give forth the light of Christ. Jesus only asks for small daily actions to pass the light and the Word to others. One small action would create an effect in having a better and brighter world. Are we ready to be the salt of the earth and light of the world today?
May we continue to pray for devotion to the words and teachings of Jesus as his disciples in continuing the good work. Also,we pray for the confidence and joy so that when the going gets tough, we will still persevere ; let us also pray for a deeper gift of understanding the teachings of our Lord. Jesus loves us very much and thus, He is always near to us so that we are never too far apart from His embrace. Amen!
Written By: Darren Chan Keng Leong