REFLECTION: We must be the light of the world and the salt of the earth


Bishop Thomas Gumbletonby Bishop Thomas Gumbleton
Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace

I always find it fascinating and marvelous that when we’re celebrating some special event, as we are today — the 25th anniversary of Christ the Redeemer Parish — we might be tempted to look for special readings, too, that we think might be appropriate for what we’re celebrating. Yet if we just go to the readings that are assigned, as we do this Sunday, we discover that they totally fit the context of this event.

Light.of.the.worldTwenty-five years ago, a small group of people gathered for the first time and became the community of disciples of Jesus called Christ the Redeemer Parish. And they would have been challenged, 25 years ago, to be the salt of the earth — to preserve the goodness and the benefits of what Jesus teaches. Salt is a preservative, and to give it attractiveness, tastiness ……

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