The Church of Saint Agnes

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10th Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Tue, 06/09/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

There seems to be a mistake in today’s New Testament scripture passage.
I’ve noticed it before, but I’ve never heard anyone make a correction.
So maybe I’m seeing things that aren’t there.
Maybe I should just leave well enough alone.  I wasn’t there to hear with my own ears.
 
Jesus tells the disciples who they are….salt of the earth and light of the world.
I don’t want to put words in his mouth but what he meant to say was…
“….the Gospel, the Good News, is salt of the earth.
The Gospel is the light of the world. 
Be of service to the Gospel.  It is entrusted to you.
Now that you have received it, don’t let it lose its flavor.
Don’t hide it in the darkness where no one can see it.”
 
Again, I may be missing the point,
but I have never heard of salt going flat, losing its flavor.
I have confused salt with sugar.  Those cookies tasted awful.  But salt is salt.
My experience is that once you add it to something, you can’t “un” add it.
And I guess I would be upset if I bought some salt at the store
and it turned out to be white sand.
 
Let me pose the question I believe underlies the point Jesus is trying to make.
“Now that we have heard the Gospel, the teachings of Jesus, heard an account of his life,
who are we?  What is our identity in this world?”
 
We are more than the sum of the chemicals and minerals
that make up the physical components of our body.
Oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium and phosphorus
make up 99% of the human body.
Another .85% is made up of potassium, sulfur, sodium, chlorine, and magnesium.
Trace elements make up the remaining .15% : boron, chromium, cobalt, copper, iron, tin, zinc
and a few others.
More than half our body is Oxygen—65%.  (“Then why am I so heavy?”)
Regarding identity, no one has ever looked at me and said “hey Monsignor, nice carbon.”
 
Do others see us, identify us as adding something good to the world or something bitter,
are we good news or bad news?
Do things brighten up when we enter a room or do we bring a cloud of gloom?
And remember, if you shine a light in people’s eyes, it blinds them.
If you shine it on their surroundings, then they can see.
 
Someone once said to me “we are a book.  My life, your life, is a book
that others read along the way.”
When others encounter us, do they read the Gospel or the daily gossip?
 
The Gospel is more than the sum of the words on a page…subjects, verbs, adjectives. 
The Gospel is a way of life.  Jesus said to his disciples: “be the Gospel!”