How do we bring comfort and joy to others?
by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich
Jesus uses two images that his listeners can relate to: salt and light. In Jesus’ time salt was important for preserving meat and also bringing out the flavor in food. Salt depends on how it interacts with something else to be useful.
In Jesus’ time fire provided light in the hours of darkness. That light brought warmth and comfort to a weary world.
In parishes this weekend World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated. Many of us know men and women who have made commitments in the consecrated life. Their lives add “salt” and “light” to many hearts and souls. May they realize how they have inspired others in times of joy and in times of sorrow.
What about each of us? How are we to be salt and light to the world? The Prophet Isaiah in our first reading tells us: “Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless; clothe the naked when you see them, and do not turn your back on your own”. (Is. 58:7-10) A simple act of kindness is all it takes.
Do you see ways in which you can bring flavor and brightness to our world?