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"You are The Salt of The Earth and The Light of The World"


In the Gospel of this Sunday, Jesus says: "You are the salt of the earth.... You are the light of the world" (Matthew 5:13, 14).
As human being, I believe, almost everyone wants to have a feeling of being important, recognized and respected by others. Everyone wants to feel that he or she is really matter and can make difference in the lives of others.

I was taught in my middle or high school in Vietnam about one of poet passages of NguyễnCôngTrứ, the poet: "Đãmangtiếng ở trongtrờiđất / Phảicódanhgìvớinúisông." I would like to translate it: "Since living on this earth, there is a must to have one's reputation to be proud."
Seemingly to me, What Jesus said in this Sunday Gospel about being the salt of the earth and the light of the world are similar with what NguyễnCôngTrứ said about a need to have one's reputation to be proud of.

However, many of us, including me, have been struggling to find a way of living in order to have our own reputation or as being the salt of the earth and the light of the world. In the first reading of this Sunday, Prophet Isaiah writes: "Thus says the LORD: Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless; clothe the naked when you see them" (Isaiah 3:1-2).

The biblical passage above should be the answer or solution for our struggle to live our life with having reputation or as being the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Not many of us can live successful life or achieve great things in life; yet we all can live a good life of caring for others, especially for the least of our brothers and sisters such as the hungry, the oppressed, homeless and the naked. In a word, we are called to care for the poor. The poor can be everywhere. The poor can be in our family, our community or a person on the path of our daily life, who needs our help, our attention, our empathy and listening to them.

When I care for the poor, I act like God, Who is kind, merciful and compassionate. I am called in becoming like God, not in His perfection, yet in His kindness, mercy and compassion For sure, as human being I am prone to fall and not able to be perfect like God. However, God knows that I can become like Himand God calls me and gives me His grace to help me to be like Him in His kindness, mercy and compassion.

God incarnates in Jesus as a human being to show human kind the way of becoming like God in Jesus. Becoming like God in Jesus is not a way that the society that I am living in or my own ego are looking for such as ambition, power, success, winning, accomplishment, fame and conquest. However, becoming like God in Jesus is a way of living and recognizing God's self in me andin others, a way or a self of humility, service, sacrifice, kindness, loving and forgiveness.

God continues to become a human being in me and in others. In return, I can and should shine the presence of God to others, especially to the poor, the lowly and the forgotten.