Saying Yes in Christ as Salt and Light, Tenth Tuesday (I), June 9, 2015

Fr. Roger J. Landry
Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, Chapel of St. Stephen, Rome
Pilgrimage for US Journalists to Rome
Tuesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time, Year I
Votive Mass of St. Paul
June 9, 2015
2 Cor 1:18-22, Ps 119, Mt 5:13-16

 

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The following points were attempted in the homily: 

  • Christ as the great Amen and how we’re called to enter into his yes.
  • We do so by becoming the salt of the earth and the light of the world. St. Paul shows us the five properties indicated by Jesus’ calling us to be that salt and light:
    • Christ wants us for him to prevent corruption, as Paul did.
    • Christ wants us for him to light others on fire, as Paul did.
    • Christ wants us to lend a flavor of life, as Paul did.
    • Christ wants us to illumine others with the truth that comes from God.
    • Christ wants us to warm with his love.
  • St. Paul entered into Christ’s great Amen at the altar, as do we.

The readings for today’s Mass were: 

Reading 1 2 COR 1:18-22

Brothers and sisters:
As God is faithful, our word to you is not “yes” and “no.”
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.
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.
But the one who gives us security with you in Christ
and who anointed us is God;
he has also put his seal upon us
and given the Spirit in our hearts as a first installment.

Responsorial Psalm PS 119:129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135

R. (135a) Lord, let your face shine on me.
Wonderful are your decrees;
therefore I observe them.
R. Lord, let your face shine on me.
The revelation of your words sheds light,
gives understanding to the simple.
R. Lord, let your face shine on me.
I gasp with open mouth
in my yearning for your commands.
R. Lord, let your face shine on me.
Turn to me in pity
as you turn to those who love your name.
R. Lord, let your face shine on me.
Steady my footsteps according to your promise,
and let no iniquity rule over me.
R. Lord, let your face shine on me.
Let your countenance shine upon your servant,
and teach me your statutes.
R. Lord, let your face shine on me.

Alleluia MT 5:16

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Let your light shine before others
that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel MT 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.”
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