First Reading | 2 Corinthians 1:18-22
As disciples of Jesus, our witness must be unequivocal—we cannot send mixed messages to a world that is already ambivalent toward faith in Christ. Paul told the Corinthian community that if they did not want to live as Christians, then they must not walk down that path. To be a Christian means to follow Christ no matter where He may lead us.
18 Brothers and sisters: As God is faithful, our word to you is not “yes” and “no.” 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was proclaimed to you by us, Silvanus and Timothy and me, was not “yes” and “no,” but “yes” has been in him. 20 For however many are the promises of God, their yes is in him; therefore, the amen from us also goes through him to God for glory. 21 But the one who gives us security with you in Christ and who anointed us is God; 22 he has also put his seal upon us and given the Spirit in our hearts as a first installment.
Responsorial Psalm | Psalm 119:129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135
R: Lord, let your face shine on me.
129 Wonderful are your decrees; therefore I observe them. 130 The revelation of your words sheds light, giving understanding to the simple. (R) 131 I gasp with open mouth in my yearning for your commands. 132 Turn to me in pity as you turn to those who love your name. (R) 133 Steady my footsteps according to your promise, and let no iniquity rule over me. (R) 135 Let your countenance shine upon your servant, and teach me your statutes. (R)
Gospel | Matthew 5:13-16
Salt is an important ingredient for cooking. A little amount of salt goes a long way in changing the taste of a dish. If there is too much salt, the dish will become inedible or will taste terrible. Just as salt brings a desirable flavor to the food we eat, it is important to spice up our lives with the truths of the Gospel. We can never have too much of the truth. But the way we bring the truth to others differs on the situation and people involved.
Let your light shine before others that they may see your deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.
13 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. 14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. 15 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. 16 Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”