Homily for Tuesday of the 10th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle II
Theme: The salt of the earth and light of the world.
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Tuesday June 9 2020
(Mt. 5:13-16) Tuesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells the apostles what are they like: the salt of the earth and light of the world. It means they have vital roles to play in Jesus’ mission of salvation. The disciples will not only be listeners to Jesus’ words and benefit from them but they were expected to make a difference in the lives of other people. In the same way that salt gives flavor to food, the disciples will help others realize the meaning of their lives. In the same way that light erases the darkness and reveals the truth, the disciples were expected to help others get out of darkness and assert their true identity which is o be a child of God.
St. Anthony of Padua, whose feast we anticipate next week, June 13, was a classic example of being salt and light. Specifically, St. Anthony’s precise and affective preaching had moved and changed a lot of His listeners. Even his colleagues and critics from other congregations depend on his preachings. Even after he died, many miracles were credited to him. He was known as prolific miracle worker. His intercession was so effective that almost every mother and father had a St. Anthony picture and novena prayer in their bags and wallets.
But it should be clear that St. Anthony and us do not possess our own light and salt. It is the Lord which provides everything. He is the light and the salt of life. It will be a mistake to fully credit ourselves for every convert or anyone who found refuge in our witnessing. We are like the moon, whose light which we share on earth (others) at night, comes from the sun (Jesus). The command was actually a commissioning. Jesus sent His disciples to spread His salt and flood the world with His light.