Sunday, February 9, 2020

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today's readings remind us to be just and be a witness in the world. The first reading tells us that we must care for others and remove from our presence oppression, false accusation and malicious speech. This is nothing new. We know that God expects us to love one another and to care for one another. This is what it means to be a Christian and a Jew!  We must care for the sick, homeless, widows, and yes, those in prison and foreigners and immigrants. Today, the latter have become topics of contention. Some believe prisoners are pariahs and need to be killed off in death penalties, others believe nations should keep their "own kind." While there are many pros and cons to these quarrels, we must not get caught up in the politics of this world. Our focus is our nation in Heaven. America, both south and north will pass away. Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East as well. Heaven will not pass away. Entry in heaven is based on the passport of sanctity which stems from the love we gave to God and one another.

This is what makes us light in the darkness. This is not about human wisdom, but solely from the power of God, as the second reading tells us. Christ tells us that we must be the salt of the earth and light of the world. We must give flavor to the earth. Salt is used to give flavor. Just a tiny cube of it is enough to get a sensation on the tongue. This is how powerful this compound of NaCl is. Moreover, salt on its own does not possess conductivity. It is when it is mixed with water that it can generate electrical conductivity. Think of this for a moment. What does water have to do with us?  Well, our baptism!  We were baptized with water. This water along with the salt we are supposed to be will generate the electricity to be the light of the world!  This is the physics student in me reflecting now on today's Gospel. I think this reflection will help you reading this as well.  Let us be the salt of the earth and the light of Christ to others. This can only be done if we follow God's ways, the teachings of the Church, receive the Sacraments, live a prayerful and humble life and love others.  


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