February 8, 2020: Reflection for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

by Juanita Harding, Notre Dame Associate

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew 5:13/16

In today’s gospel Jesus said to his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth.  But if the salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?” Salt has always been a precious commodity.  Salt is necessary for life. Our own blood, sweat, and tears have this mineral in them.

Jesus also told the disciples: “You are the light of the world.” He explains that you do not light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket. The light is for all to see and use.  Light guides us and shows us the way.

We are disciples too, and Jesus is speaking to us also. Being salt of the earth and light of the world calls us to use our gifts in service to others. The need is all around us. People are hungry and homeless, and in need of many services.  We are called to make a difference. “Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”