“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Being holy might seem easy only if we think it means saying the right words or acting in a pious manner. Actually, holiness means being Christ-like, God-like. It also means taking Jesus at his world when he said we are to be lights to the world, and to flavor and preserve it with goodness.
And holiness involves not just the big things, but everyday things as well. For instance, we might like to be more tolerant and forgiving, but if someone cuts us off in traffic, forgiveness and tolerance go out the window. Or we’d like to resemble Christ in being open to others, but if we’re talking to someone we disagree with, we may quickly start thinking of how to prove they are wrong and we are right. That means we aren’t really paying attention to what they are saying.
Yes, sometimes the light that we are supposed to let shine can get pretty dim and the zest we are meant to add to life can get pretty flat. Growing in holiness is always a work in progress, and we have to rely on God’s help to become the kind of people he and we want us to be.
The Risen Christ is with us this day,and he continues to need each one of you.
Jesus needs your eyes to continue to see.
He needs your strength to continue to work.
He needs your voice to continue to preach.
He needs your hands to continue to bless.
He needs your heart to continue to love.
And Jesus needs your whole being to continue to build up his body, the Church.
As we believe, so let us live!
—Cardinal Joseph Bernardin