by Ciel Tagaza
In last Sunday’s Gospel (Matthew 5:13-16), Jesus uses salt and light (and a city on a hill) metaphorically to describe our purpose – to enliven the world and be beacons that God may be felt, seen and be praised.
That God may be seen and be praised, not us. We live in a world that puts too much emphasis on individualism that people are investing on making themselves look, think, feel and do better, or basically becoming the best versions of themselves. What for? While it is beneficial, without spiritual enrichment, all we are doing is inflating our egos. Unfortunately, the spiritual aspect is often neglected or considered least priority by some who pursue betterment.
And if we do give importance to our spirituality and our religion, we still have to be careful about how we have made it. Have we made worship about ourselves rather than God? What we say, how we pray, why we do what we do, and for whom – the answers to these reveal our true ambition and incentive.
Going back to the gospel, just as salt does not enhance its own taste (It actually isn’t palatable on its own) but the flavor of other dishes; and as light does not illuminate itself but the space – we cannot live for ourselves alone. We must live for God and for others.
There is no self-made person. It is God who makes all things possible for the one who has faith, even for the one who doubts, and even for the proclaimed self-made man or woman. It is the Lord who should get the praise and glory.
“Not to us, LORD, not to us but to Your name be the glory, because of Your love and faithfulness.”
As worshipers of God, we not only look to Jesus, we also point others to Him. Our way of life and our worship must be so that those who witness these things may not be in awe of us, but of God’s work in our lives. We must be the salt and light of the earth so that others may also taste and see the greatness and goodness of the Lord, and join us in responding in praise and thanksgiving.
“O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!”