You are the Salt of the Earth

02-09-2020(Being) Catholic MattersDavid Lins

This Sunday’s Gospel is amazing, encouraging, and challenging!

“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.”

Salt—without its saltiness—has no point.

What did God give you another day for? How will your unique combination of experience, gifts, talents, and wisdom be used? Ask Him to make you alert for the moments and tasks you need to prioritize.

If you miss it, you are just living out the hours till your next sleep and you have no point.

“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.”

When we live our lives looking for opportunities to put our experience, gifts, talents, and wisdom to use, we are fulfilled. When we are fulfilled, we shine. We can’t help it. We stand out. We demand attention.

And what are we to do with that attention?

“Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”

Our good deeds have more meaning than the average duck. Sure, people will see them and say, “Golly! That guy/gal is a mighty good person!” But it must be more than that. It can’t be about us. And you might say each good deed is its own reward. I would counter there is so much more at your fingertips!

When the origin of every good action (See? Actions ARE necessary for people of faith!) is a desire to give back to our Father everything he has first given us, we are living joyously within our identities as his children. The same is true when every affirmation is accepted in humility and credited to God. And when we are living within our identities as children of God each day, we are truly living lives that add flavor to each day and illuminate the world we inhabit.

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