WK 5A (2017) (Matt 5:13-16)

Over the past three weeks, we heard about different aspects of Jesus’ identity. We’ve heard Him depicted as the Lamb of God, the fulfillment of the prophecies of old, and great teacher, even greater than Moses. Today, His disciples hear what they are to be: salt of the earth; light of the world. In other words, we are to be the catalysts for bringing the Kingdom of Heaven about. The responsibilities of discipleship may appear daunting, indeed. We might identify with Paul’s words in the Second Reading: “in weakness and fear and much trembling.” If we identify with Paul’s frailty, we should also identify with his openness to the power of God working in him. Ordinary people can accomplish marvels if they allow God to work through them. In other words, we are not saved just for ourselves, but to be tools and of assistance to others: that is doing God’s work!

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