HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF 10TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME.
THEME: You are the Salt of the Earth and Light of the World.
BY: Rev Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA.
*SAINT OF THE DAY* Memorial of Saint Anthony of Padua.
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
2 Corinthians 1:18-22
Good morning dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we celebrate Tuesday of week 10 in Ordinary Time. At the same time in a special way, we commemorate the Memorial of Saint Antony of Padua. He was a religious Catholic priest from the Congregation of the Order of Franciscan Friars Minors (OFM), and Doctor of the Church.
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
In our first reading today, we are reminded of how God has always been faithful to the Covenant and to the promises which He has made and renewed with us. Therefore, all of us should also be committed wholeheartedly. God has done everything for our sake, not sparing even His own Son, Whom He sent into our midst, so that by dwelling among us, we may see this perfect manifestation of God’s Love and promises in Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Saviour.
*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
This morning’s gospel reading follows on immediately from the account of the beatitudes, which was yesterday’s gospel reading. Jesus is saying that those who live out the attitudes and values portrayed in the beatitudes are, in reality, salt of the earth and light of the world. The way of life to which Jesus calls us is with a view to the whole earth, to the whole world. Jesus always had the world in view when he called his first disciples, and when he calls us. He calls us to follow in his way, to live by his values and attitudes, not just for our own sakes but for the sake of all humanity.
*WHY ARE WE THE SALT OF THE EARTH, AND LIGHT OF THE WORLD?*
The images of salt and light capture something of this impact for good
Salt was a very important commodity in the world of Jesus. It was used to preserve food and to enhance its flavour. Jesus’ disciples, by living the beatitudes, are called to preserve what is best in the world and to enhance the lives of others.
In a culture without electricity, the flickering light of a lamp or torch was essential when darkness fell. It allowed people to find their way without damaging themselves or others. Jesus is declaring that when his followers live by the beatitudes, their resultant good works are like a light in a dark world, showing people the way.
May the Lord continue to inspire and strengthen us, just as He has done so through the life of His faithful servant, St. Anthony of Padua, through his holiness and devotion to God. May all of us also continue to strive to do what we can to be always worthy of God.
Your Word is Indeed My Strength Oh Lord our God. May You All Have a Blessed Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua.
Rev Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA.
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