Be the Salt and Light to Others

The 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Everyone knows the usefulness of salt and light. Salt adds taste to the food and light removes darkness. In today’s Gospel Jesus invites us to be salt and light to the world. How do we become salt and light to others? The Prophet Isiah in today’s first reading refers to many works of Mercy by which one can be salt and light to others. By feeding the hungry, providing shelter to the homeless and clothing the naked our light shall shine before others.

Today’s Scriptures challenge us to be as visible Christians in the world as we are in the Church on Sundays, bringing the two together. What are our parish’s works of Mercy? Which works of Mercy am I most comfortable performing? What gifts am I hiding under a basket rather than sharing with God’s people? We may have talents and gifts that could be of great value and help to others. St. Teresa of Calcutta said, “True greatness consists not in accomplishing extraordinary things but in doing ordinary things for others with extraordinary love.”

Every new day is an opportunity to be salt and light to others!



Fr. Sunny Punnakuziyil, MSFS

Pastor, SJN