Tuesday, June 9, 2015

“He who does not see the light in others does not see the light in himself.”

"Every believer, in this, our world, must be a spark of light, a center of love, a vivifying ferment in the dough: He will be so to the degree that, in his innermost being, he lives in communion with God. In fact, there can be no peace among men if there is no peace in each one of them." Pope Saint John XXIII (1881 – 1963: Was the fourth of fourteen children born to a family of sharecroppers who lived in a village in Lombardy, Italy. He was elected Pope in 1958)

Gospel Text: (MT 5:13-16)
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.”

The name “Christian” is not enough. Many people around the world call themselves Christian but there are not nearly as many, however, who day by day do their absolute best to follow in the way of Jesus Christ.

There are not many whose lives are like salt, seasoning the world for others, – – – or like light, bringing illumination to all the dark places of the world. Do you know people like this? When we encounter such people, they don’t have to tell us they are Christians. We know who they are. When we ourselves decide to take seriously the invitation to follow Jesus, we will not need to identify ourselves to the world. “ . . . they will know we are Christians by our love.”

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