February 9, 2014 – Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Is 58: 7-10; Ps 112: 4-9; 1 Cor 2: 1-5; Mt 5: 13-16
“You are the salt of the earth… You are the light of the world.” With those two short sentences, Jesus reminds us all of our Baptismal and Stewardship callings. It is important that we remember that these two brief sentences occur in Holy Scripture just after the Lord has taught us the Beatitudes, “Blessed are the poor in spirit… Blessed are those who hunger… Blessed are the merciful.”
Today’s Gospel reading is a small part of Jesus’ longest oration in all of Holy Scripture — His Sermon on the Mount. In so many ways this Sermon is a stewardship presentation. If we just focus on the two pieces of advice the Lord gives in the four verses of today’s Gospel, we go a long way to both understanding and achieving stewardship.
If we bring meaning and enhancement to the lives of those around us (salt), and if we provide love and joy to them (light), we will have gone a long way to fulfilling what Jesus has exemplified that we must do. We will indeed have responded to Him as He wished — as disciples and stewards. Shakespeare even understood this thought as he wrote in the Merchant of Venice, “How far that little candle throws his beams. So shines a good deed in a weary world!