Being Salt and Light
Malvern Minute


June 13, 2017 – Tuesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest, Doctor of the Church

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A reading from the holy Gospel according to 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.”

Reflect: You are the salt of the earth… You are the light of the world. Salt and light enhance our experience of life. So, too, we are to be salt and light that add to the value of human life.  Jesus exhorts us to not lose our flavor, and to not hide our light so that people “may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” Through the sacraments and by participating in the life of the Church, we are filled with the Holy Spirit. We are set aside for God; to be his disciples and to bring his presence into the world. We are to make a difference by bringing Christ’s flavor and his light into the world. We are challenged not to become insipid or dull, but to stay fresh and bright. If we invest ourselves primarily with the values, goals and interests of the world, in time we will lose our flavor and our light dimmed.  Christ keeps us sharp and bright to be the people we were made to be. The great tragedy of life is to accomplish many things in the eyes of the world but to fail to maintain the salt and light that set us apart as children of God. May God’s grace keep us focused on his ways so that we can be disciples who impact the world and give glory to God by what we say and do in all of life’s situations.

Questions: Do I stay connected to Christ so that his words and his ways influence all aspects of my life? Do I inject the flavor and light of Christ into my daily decisions and interactions with others? If my flavor is becoming tasteless and my light dimmed, what can I do to renew myself and recover being the child of God that I was made to be?

Pray: Loving God, you are the source of all things. Help me to be salt and light that influences and impacts the world with your presence. May you reign through the way that I live; and may the world rejoice to call you Lord so that all honor and glory returns to you.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Anthony of Padua: Pray for us!

Saint Anthony was a Franciscan Friar born in Lisbon, Portugal. He was inspired by the first Franciscan martyrs so he entered the Friars Minor with the hope of being a martyr, but sickness prevented him. As a result he was assigned to do menial tasks in a hermitage friary in Forli, Italy.  On one occasion he was called forth to preach at an ordination without any preparation. He humbly stepped forward and delivered an address that stunned his listeners. He was a devoted student of scripture and was asked by Saint Francis of Assisi to be the first teacher of theology to his fellow friars. He was a gifted preacher and orator who was known as the “Evangelical Doctor”. Anthony is the patron saint of Portugal, of the poor, of harvests, and lost articles. He died in 1231 at the age of thirty-six.                                     



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