Matthew 5:13-16 Reflection – Christ’s Light

Reflection on Matthew 5:13-16 ~

To be humble is to be modest with our own importance, not showy, and unassuming to others. How is it then possible to be an unhidden light, shining bright enough for everyone to see? Ah… it is gloriously doable if the light that is showing is Christ’s light, not our own.  Jesus teaches us that people will see this light much easier if we are not boastful or hypocritical. This light is a quiet “being and doing” for God and others without expecting anything in return, admittedly a human trait that is difficult without belief.

The Sermon of the Beatitudes James Tissot Brooklyn MuseumThe Sermon of the Beatitudes,  James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum

Additional Ordinary Time Reflections

Matthew 5  New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 5:13-16.