Vocation Meditation -
February 6, 2011
"You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot."
"You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven."
In today’s Gospel, Christ is telling us something intimate about ourselves; He is revealing to us the ultimate meaning of our lives.
We are His instruments on earth.
And, as He explains, we are the chosen ones who will illuminate His message and give it the flavour that will attract those who do not know Christ.
Our actions – if in accordance with the will of God – can and should bring others to a more intimate knowledge of the Lord.
In every situation, we must look for the opportunity to uncover the Christian meaning by bringing the light of Christ to bear on it. In the same way, we must also make the life of a Christian appealing, by flavouring it with joy, cheerfulness, and hope.
Yet, we are called to be humble instruments. For salt, if properly applied, is enjoyed but not seen. And light, if utilized well, illuminates without calling attention to itself.
“You are the salt of the earth”
Do you recognize that you are an instrument of the Lord, meant to season His call to conversion for each and everyone with whom we come into contact?
I am but a few grains of salt and a sliver of light. But I am called by You to use my whole being to announce and proclaim the Gospel. With Your grace and by Your will, may I succeed in bringing to others the glory of Your Name.
For the full Gospel reading for this Sunday, visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops site.