THE INDEPENDENCE DAY MASS -2017
Today Jesus draws some inspiration to our spirituality by using three interesting metaphors namely salt, light and an elevated city. In this reflection I am happy to explain to you what it means to be salt of the earth. In the first place, Jesus tells his disciples that they have to be the salt of the earth. In the ancient world salt was a highly valued commodity. Like salt your life is precious to God. Your life may not be valuable to others but for God you are valuable. Secondly the greatest and the most obvious quality of salt is that it lends flavor to food. Similarly your Christian life should lend flavor and meaning to the lives of the people around you. We as Christians must try to add value to others and meaning to their lives by appreciation and encouraging them. Thirdly salt was the commonest of all preservatives. It prevents food being rotten or spoilt. Regular fall to the same type of sins is a clear indication of the fact that one is spoilt or rotten. When we forget our past sins immediately, our lives become rotten. Henry Nowmen, a great spiritual writer says that to forget our sins may be an even greater sin than to commit them. Why? It is because what is forgotten cannot be healed and that which cannot be healed easily becomes the cause of greater evil (The Harvard University recently conducted a research on Corporate cheating- They investigated as to why so many organizational leaders and employees (even those who care about being honest people) consistently engage in morally questionable behaviors over time? It has been found out that faulty human memory helps people to engage in dishonest acts repeatedly). Then what is the spiritual remedy? Consistent prayer and regular confession and regular reception of the holy Eucharist can help a Christian to preserve his life against temptations. Have A blessed a week.
God Bless You All