Other power

saltIn our Gospel reading, Jesus uses two metaphors to describe us, his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth … You are the light of the world.” He asks a Socratic question — “if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?” Of course, salt could not lose its taste and still be salt. God has created this mineral with the property of saltiness. Neither could light lose its light without ceasing to be light. The essential power of salt and light comes from our creator God. We are supposed to help make goodness and love visible by living “light lives” and to enhance human experience by being “salty people.” But the power to do this comes from God. In the second reading, Paul takes on a rival Corinthian preacher, Apollos. Why? Because Apollos seems to be teaching a faith founded on human wisdom instead of on the personal experience of the power of God operating in believers’ lives. Today think of one or more times when good things happened to others because of something you did or said. Give thanks to God for the divine power that moved through your humanness in these examples where you were salt and light!

– Blog entry by Sister Mary Garascia

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