In a gloomy world, where bad news hits us on a daily basis, let us turn to Jesus Christ with faith and hope, in prayer, and by listening to his words as we start up our day with the daily Readings. Jesus is the true Light of the world shining in the darkness of sin. Whoever welcomes Jesus and recognises his luminous wisdom that enlightens the meaning of our short life on earth, becomes wiser and happier than others. It is a matter of experience! Saint John Paul II told young people in Toronto in 2002:
“The “spirit of the world” offers many false illusions and parodies of happiness. There is perhaps no darkness deeper than the darkness that enters young people’s souls when false prophets extinguish in them the light of faith and hope and love. The greatest deception, and the deepest source of unhappiness, is the illusion of finding life by excluding God, of finding freedom by excluding moral truths and personal responsibility.”
In today’s Gospel, we do not hear Jesus saying: “I am the Light of the world”, but addressing his disciples he said to them: “You are the salt of the earth”(…) “you are the light of the world”. (Mt 5,13-16) Why did Jesus say this to them? What is the nature of this new responsibility and mission which is ours as well? Jesus simply asks whoever believes in him and wants to help him to enlighten the minds of people about the meaning of life perfectly found in Jesus Christ. We are called to be holy as he is holy.
Believing in Jesus is the starting point and the necessary condition to be saved.
Benedict XVI said that: “Faith is a little light, but this is the only light that can enlighten the darkness of the world”.
If we truly desire and decide to be holy, yet being aware of our sins and frailties, the Lord will bless us and our family and will make the world less dark because of our willingness to keep our candle burning out of love for God.
“Prayer is what lights up Christian life; a prayer of adoration to God the Father, a prayer of praise to the Holy Trinity, a prayer of thanksgiving, a prayer to request to God… prayer must come from the heart”.
As regards the salt: “Christians are called to be: it becomes salt when it is given to others.” (Pope Francis)