The Lord Jesus is a light that breaks through and scatters the darkness of a sinful world. In our Gospel he tells us, his disciples “you are the light of the world” (Mt 5:14). In fact the Lord uses three images to describe the Church: Salt, Light, and a City on a Hill.
God had made a covenant with David called a “covenant of salt.” (2 Chronicles 13:5) We use salt to preserve food, to keep food from spoilage and corruption. Salt was a sign of the covenant with God that shall endure forever. Jerusalem is a city on a hill, high above all others, that shines like a beacon, or lighthouse, of hope.
The Church is called to be these things in the world, Salt, Light, a city on a hill. The Psalm tells us: “The Just man is a light in darkness.” It refers to Jesus, but also to us. The life we live, all our actions, how we treat people, what we say, the devotion we have in our worship of God, all of these should cause God’s light to shine in a darkened world.
Our faith is never a merely private matter, or something to hide. “Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket...” (Matt 5:15).
In the first reading Isaiah tells us how to be light: “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. Then your light shall break forth like the dawn... If you remove from your midst oppression, false accusation and malicious speech; if you bestow your bread on the hungry and satisfy the afflicted; then light shall rise for you in the darkness, and the gloom shall become for you like midday.” (Is 58: 7- 10)
While we don’t do good works to win the praise of others, all who see us should see reflected in our lives the light of Christ. Does my whole life proclaim “Christ and Him crucified.” He held nothing back for himself. High on the cross he because a city on a hill, a light to the world, and by his sweat and blood, salt of the earth.
God bless you all,
Father Robert Letona