Make your light shine!
Special Character – Term 1, Week 1, 2023
GOSPEL: Matthew 5:13-16
Jesus said to his disciples: “You are like salt for everyone on earth. But if salt no longer tastes like salt, how can it make food salty? All it is good for is to be thrown out and walked on. “You are like light for the whole world. A city built on top of a hill cannot be hidden, and no one would light a lamp and put it under a clay pot. A lamp is placed on a lamp stand, where it can give light to everyone in the house. Make your light shine, so that others will see the good that you do and will praise your Father in heaven.”
What would happen to life in our world if there was no light? In Antarctica the sun does not shine for six months of the year, and the other six months it does not set. But we order our days by the setting and rising of the sun – often when Daylight Saving comes in or finishes it can take some time for us to adjust. Jesus reminds us of the importance of ‘light’ to our vision, and ‘salt’ to our taste buds. At baptism we are given the light of Christ. When we share this with others we help them to ‘see’ more clearly, and make our world a better place. Jesus is telling us to be the people that we were made to be.
A light rises in the darkness for the upright.
Those who worship the Lord will be so kind and merciful and good,
that they will be a light in the dark for others who do the right thing.