“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Food for Thought:
This passage reminds me of one of my favorite church songs as a child, “This Little Light of Mine.” You remember the refrain: “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Let it shine, Let it shine, Let it shine.” As a young child, I used to scream this song at the top of my lungs. I was so excited to join with friends and eagerly proclaim our love for God and our willingness to share it with others. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way I lost this eagerness to share the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As an adult, it has always been difficult to share my faith with others. Think about the people in your own life. Is there someone you know who needs to hear the Good news. Can you share it with them?
We ask for the courage and the tenacity to put our spoken prayers into serious action. Grant us the strength to take risks as Jesus did during his earthly ministry and the wisdom to know which risks you would have us take as we minister to your beloved children. As we travel along this sometimes uncertain path of discipleship, reassure and renew us as we turn our lives toward furthering your kingdom on earth as we courageously stand for justice and peace. On this day, transform us into your faithful disciples so that we may become a beacon of Christ’s love and hope in the world. In your precious name we pray, Amen.