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Tuesday 10th Week of the Year  

 

Tuesday 10th Week of the Year

Matthew 5:13-16.

In the beatitudes, Jesus describes the kind of person
he is calling to be his disciple.

When others who live in the world encounter this person,
it will be for them a taste of salt, a vision of light.

By their very nature, salt and light are only good
when they benefit others.
No one eats salt by itself
as they would eat on mashed potatoes,
but boy does salt
make those mashed potatoes taste so good.

Did you ever think that one candle
can light a thousand candles as easy as one?

So how do we become the salt of the earth and the light of the world?
How do we tap that endless supply of God’s love and mercy?

Have you ever been with some one
and felt so helpless to do anything for them?

We realize that we are indeed poor in spirit,
but wait, that just makes us more dependent upon the Lord.
And the more dependent we are on him,
the purer our love for others will be.

The purer our love becomes,
the more it is God’s Love,
God loving them through us.

Jesus said that we are the salt of the earth.
We are the light of the world –
Not our actions, not our good works,
or our life-giving words.

The powerhouse behind those actions and words
is the love the Lord has for those people we are serving.

It’s who is acting and who is speaking
that becomes salt to bring out the very best in another
that is already there by God’s gift.
So let us not be afraid
when we have nothing
to offer another person but ourselves.

It will be the best salt of the earth and the best light of their world.

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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