Being Who We Are Meant To Be
Tuesday Gospel Reflection: Matthew 5:13-16
I love Jesus’ use of metaphors. Salt. A city. A lamp. I sense from these proverbs a figurative map to the spiritual life. I’m left wondering at the simplicity of Jesus’ words and the power of the Holy Spirit in reflection. As I share what struck me, I’m curious what sits with you and what the Spirit reveals to you in the Gospel today. Hold your impressions and at the end, I invite you to share with us what you experience.
I find myself pondering few things: the goodness in salt, in a visible city, and in a lamp. Next, a sense of purpose: the purpose of salt is (primarily) for flavouring. A city on a mountain is a visible sign of a community. A lamp provides light when the darkness threatens one’s sight. Last, a sense of proximity: salt’s goodness is revealed in proximity to food. When looking through the lens of the Old Testament, a city on a mountain speaks of its proximity to God (who is found on the mountain). The lamp shines when its proximity to fire increases, kindling a flame to itself.
I hear Jesus telling us, “You are good, you have purpose, and your closeness to me is the way in which your goodness and purpose glorify me.”
I’m reminded of St. Catherine of Siena’s famous words:
Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.
God has made us good; we have a purpose and we are meant to become ourselves in pursuing that purpose; and that purpose is kindled into fire, like a lamp for all, when we are close to him.
My first response? I want to sit more with these words and see how deeply I can drink them in!