From The Pastor’s Desk

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

During the first few Sundays of this liturgical year, the Church presents before us the sermon on the mount, as Jesus gives them to us as a plan for Christian life and action. In today’s Word of God, Jesus uses the image of salt and light to remind us, his followers, that we are called to live lives that, like salt and light, enhance the “flavor” of the world and dispel the darkness of fear and doubt.
Salt is the component that gives flavor and that stores and preserves food from corruption. We as disciples of Christ have the responsibility to keep society away from the moral dangers, and the corrosive elements that pollute people’s lives. We as Christians have to be people resisting sin and moral degradation, and bearing witness to the values of honesty and fraternity. So often, our task in witnessing to Christ before others is to show, that a life in following Jesus is not bland, boring, or without adventure. Imperceptibly, we show to others that life as a Christian is a joyful one!
“You are the light of the world!” The light disperses the darkness and allows us to see. Jesus is the light that has dispelled the darkness, but it still remains in the world and in individual people. It is our task as Christians to dispel it further by making Christ’s light shine among others and by proclaiming His Gospel. A disciple and a Christian community – a Parish Community – are the light of the world when they direct others to God, helping each person to experience His goodness and mercy. A disciple of Jesus is light when he or she knows how to live one’s faith in all situations of life, having the moral courage to stand up for truth and the values of the Gospel. A challenging task indeed, but not impossible!
Today, all of us need to prayerfully ask the question, “Lord, how are you calling me to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world in my life?” If we are faithful, the Lord will gradually reveal his purposes to us. May each of us have the grace to ask and the courage to respond when we hear God’s response!

United in prayers,

Fr. Joy Jacob, SDB