Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 5:13-16 – TENTH WEEK OF THE YEAR: Tuesday, 12 June 2018
Jesus speaks of salt and light. A disciples of Jesus is to be salt and light for the world around her/him. If we refuse to be the salt of the earth and light of the world, our faith can easily become vulgarized into harmless chocolate images of Christ and religious scenes painted on dinner plates – the harmless artifacts of a faith with all the backbone of a seedless grape.
If Christians have the same crime and divorce rates as everyone else, perhaps we are losing our power to witness. In a culture as ours, we can easily fall into the trap of assimilating popular cultural values while retaining the semblance of Christian identity only in vocabulary and ceremony. The Christians who have most deeply impressed us are generally not those who lead crusades. It is the incidental assist at a roadside or supermarket that leaves a powerfully memorable witness.
Like salt and light, our faith is most operative when it is part of the everyday texture of our lives.
Jakarta, 12 June 2018
A Christian Pilgrim