First Reading: Isaiah 58: 7-10
Psalm Response: Psalm 112: 4-9
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Gospel: Matthew 5: 13-16
In today’s readings, which are laced with light, wisdom and action, we are called to share, shelter, cloth and not turn our backs on the poor, lowly, the underserved.
When Francis approached the leper and embraced the leper, it was then that the light broke through “like the dawn” and his wounds were healed. The light of Francis shone because he allowed the light of the leper to shine on, in, and through him. It was then that Francis was freed from his false self for in embracing the leper his call was answered to remove his negativity, thus allowing his light to rise in the darkness.
When Jesus tells the disciples they are the salt of the earth, he follows quickly asking what can salt be seasoned with if it loses its flavor. Francis, like the disciples relied on the wisdom of God and the Holy Spirit to live through them and to demonstrate, through their actions, the teachings of Jesus. In our world we strive to stay seasoned through our recognition of the worth, beauty, dignity of everyone we encounter and in doing so, giving light to all.
Loving God, be with me, instruct me, encourage me to always share my resources, talents, my light with others, lavishly. Embrace me with your light to extinguish my darkness in order that I be a light in our world of brokenness, beauty and hope.
Yogi Wess, Associate