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5th Sunday in Ordinary Time A

Sunday, February 09, 2020

To be "the salt of the earth and the light of the world”, is the main subject which Jesus Christ spoke to his followers. Most importantly in this encouragement, is the fact that Jesus himself is convinced that it is a possible reality because He gave us this by his own example how to. For His un-compromised and consistent moral-spiritual attitude which led Him to the cross, He showed that everyone can handle a Christian lifestyle in His environment. It is probably the only way in how to change the world when being united with the Spirit of Jesus; we start to put this Spirit into our environments. The salt has conserving properties which was very important in times when no refrigerators existed; but salt also gives a flavor to the meal; of course if it was given in good (adequate) proportions. We don’t have to convince anyone how important the light is and especially during the night. We know it enlightens our way when we walk and make us see the things which come from darkness. And this is a Christian; we are supposed to be as a light in the darkness; (sinful, without big and spiritual enthusiasm); a world which does not know Jesus Christ. He should keep high regard the quality of Christian teaching (kept in the Church as a guarantee of the originality of Jesus’ teaching) and consequently follow it with his behavior as a Christian, moral-spiritual lifestyle to be seen differently from the world. Giving people the reason to think and to pose questions: why they live this way. The first reading gave practical examples of how to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world: “Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless; clothe the naked when you see them, and do not turn your back on your own.” We can also follow the example of St. Paul who proclaiming the Gospel didn’t want to shine “with sublimity of words or of (human) wisdom”, but he “resolved to know nothing … except Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” He wanted to stand before the people “in weakness and fear and much trembling“ being firm only in the power of God.