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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Tuesday of the 10th Week of Ordinary Time Download This Homily

1 Kings 17:7-16 ;

 Psalm 4:2-5, 7-8;

Gospel 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."

 

Be Alert and Watchful

 

Money, pleasure and fame are some of the most prized things in our present civilisation. Men and women are ready to abandon or sell their humanity in order to obtain any of these or all of them. Corruption at the deepest sense is trading or compromising our humanity for the sake of any of these or similar things.  Money tugs at our heart more powerfully than honesty or integrity.  Pleasure has apparently a more luring power than chastity, temperance and fidelity.   Fame seems to attract us far more than routine hidden service that truly sustains life. What is truly noble about us human beings is our ability for honesty, integrity, temperance, chastity, fidelity, faithful service, etc. But Because of the strength money, pleasure and fame exert on our minds and hearts we short-circuit what is noble in us in order to obtain these.  In fact money is a good and needed tool for life; esteem and respect of others are necessary for a person to grow towards maturity; pleasure is the life-principle that supplies us the energy to pursue what is good for us.  But it is the culture, which we human beings have evolved, that makes money, fame and pleasures all important goals of life.  Instead of remaining good tools for a noble human life they become the goals of life corroding or replacing all that is noble in our human life.


In the gospel today Jesus tells his hearers that they are a community which has the responsibility to be the salt of the earth and light of the world. In the rest of the sermon on the mount he will spell out the nature and characteristics of authentic humanity: the ability to show the other cheek; to walk the second mile when forced to walk one; to neutralise killing and adultery by tackling anger and lust in the heart; to forgive as the father forgives; to return blessing for a curse, prayer for persecution and good for hatred; to love even enemies without expecting anything in return. According to Jesus these are the qualities which make a human person truly human and godly.  Like salt preserving food Jesus charges the community that listened to him to be the salt or the preservers of his vision of humanity in a world that lets authentic humanity corrode by the importance it gives to money, pleasure and fame. Jesus is not inviting the disciples to feel a certain smugness about themselves as the Pharisee did in the story of the praying Pharisee and the publican. He is rather giving them a warning to be alert and watchful.  The salt loses its saltiness not by some mysterious chemical miracle, but by becoming so impure, so mixed with other elements that it loses its function.  The community that is invited to be the salt of the earth is to be constantly alert that the corroding effect of the culture of the world does not affect its “purity of heart.”


Likewise, in the invitation to the community listening to him, Jesus is not calling it to indulge in self-advertisement when he invites it to let its light shine. In Matthew’s Gospel Chapter 6 vv. 1-18, Jesus gives us elaborate instructions regarding how we are to pray, fast and give alms. He warns them that pride and self-focus can internally corrupt even such good things as praying, fasting and charity and nullify their goodness.  So his invitation to “let your light shine before others” is a reminder to his hearers of their responsibility to work hard to preserve all that is authentically human and then let it shine in a world that tends to care less and less about what is noble about the human person.


Fr. Henry Angel SAC


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