“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.
I hated my fifth grade teacher, and for all the obvious reason why a 10 year-old would. She was mean to me, she didn’t let me go to the restroom 5 minutes after we returned from recess, she called my mom to tell her when I didn’t do my homework. I couldn’t stand to be in her classroom. One day she came to school wearing a sweatshirt with a cute little bunny giving himself a hug on it with the caption “God loves me.”
In that moment, I first began to understand the truth of that statement. God DID love her as he does all of us. Whenever I think about this passage, I can’t help but think about how much we are neither salt nor light because of our failings and shortcomings. Jesus saw the goodness of his disciples in today’s Gospel, and what a pep talk! If we look and find even a scrap of goodness and light in another, we will remember that we too possess it. So let this light shine until all the world does.
We are the light of the world, may our light shine before all,
That they may see the good that we do, and give glory to God.
—Jean Anthony Greif, © 1966, 1983 Vernacular Hymns Publishing Co.