Homily (Reflection) for Tuesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (7th June, 2016) on the Gospel


1Kg 17:7-16;
Ps 4:2-5.7-8. (R. v.7);
Matt 5:13-16.

Topic: Not just to be.

Jesus explained call to be His followers in today’s gospel with two imageries; salt of the earth and light of the world. The importance of these commodities cannot be neglected even in our daily lives. However, there is a follow-up to Jesus’ teaching that we are the salt of the earth: “but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot”. Again, Jesus referred to His followers as the light of the world and a city built on a hill which cannot be hid. He concluded,

No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

These teachings call for sober reflection on our call as Christians. In the words of Saint Peter this call made us, “... a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1Pt 2:9). And for Saint Paul, “... if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come” (2Cor 5:17; cf. Rom 7:4).

Just as salt ought to be salty and light ought to give light Christians ought to live out their call. No Christian can either make the world tasty or give light for others to see without living the life. Whoever fails will be thrown away. No one is called just to answer Christ follower but to live as such, cf. Jn 15:16.

Bible Reading: 1Pt 2:1-17.

Thought for today: Christianity is not a name be a way of life.

Let us pray: God help us to be Christians in deeds and not just in name - Amen.

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