I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Reflection for June 7, Tuesday, Tenth Week in Ordinary Time; Matthew 5:13-16

Gospel: Matthew 5:13-16
Jesus said to his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”
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In a far-flung area stood a school building that was not utilized for so many years. The community within the school was hoping that one day a teacher would come and educate them.

One morning the whole community were surprised because for the first time in so many years they heard the school bell rung loudly. So they excitedly went to their school building. They saw a young nun who introduced herself to the community as their volunteer teacher.

Every day the she would patiently teach them and after a few months had passed many positive transformations occurred. They already know how read and write, they learned how to be more respectful and helpful. And more importantly the community were taught about the existence of the infinite love of God.   

After five years of teaching them the nun was now set to leave them. She put in place a program wherein selected people from within the community would handle and perpetually continue the noble program.    

In today’s gospel Jesus tells us that we are the salt and light of the world. What does salt bring to our food? It gives taste, it defines the true essence of food. Light gives us hope, it eliminates darkness and hopelessness.

 This we also have to do, we have to become salt and light to our fellowmen. As salt gives taste we also have to give meaning to the lives of our fellowmen. As light eliminates hopelessness and darkness we also have to become the light in the lives of our fellowmen. 

Have you already become salt and light to your fellowmen? – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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