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We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, as the traditional caretakers of the land which is the Richmond Catholic Parish.

We acknowledge the Elders, past and present.

May we, too, be good stewards of this land.

Salt of the earth people PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 09 February 2020: Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

You are the light of the world

Light of the world...Salt is a commodity prized by all peoples for its flavouring and preservative qualities. Though pure salt is very stable, the salt of common use, referred to by Jesus, was far from pure and could easily become useless. Light is such an eloquent symbol that all the world’s religious traditions have appealed to it. As today’s first reading reminds us, the prophets made use of this image. In the Isaian writings, God’s people had not only found the light, they were called to be bearers of the light – ‘I shall make you a light to the nations, so that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth’ (Is 49:6). This great theme finds its ultimate expression in the Church, the final People of God - through our union with the Saviour, whose life is ‘the light of all people’ (Jn 1:4). For Matthew, therefore, the words of Jesus, ‘You are the salt of the earth; you are the light of the world’, are addressed to the members of a community in the midst of rejection and difficulties, and in danger of losing heart. And for the Church down through the ages, as it has proclaimed the Sermon on the Mount, the words of Jesus are addressed to the Church as it faces similar situations. In the present moment of history, when the tide seems to be running strongly against the things the Saviour stands for, we know the temptation to lose heart before the task of evangelisation. But, as we hear the brave words of Jesus we should recognise their realism – as if Jesus anticipates these misgivings. The magnificent light that has been entrusted to us, bringing us life and hope, must not be ‘put under a tub’. The Church community must offer its light to a desperate and struggling world, like a beautiful city built on a hilltop. If we have received this charge from him, we can rely upon the help that only he can give...

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series

 
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