5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, A

Salt and light

Matthew 5:13-16

I would just like to reflect on faith and action.  St. James the greater said, "Faith without works is dead."  How does active faith translate into action?

The readings point out to the incarnation of faith in concrete actions, "If you share bread to others ... your light will shine."

Jesus further described the images of a fruitful disciple - he is "the salt of the earth" and the "light of the world."  What a colorful, lively world this could have been.

With the poverty and corruption pervading all around us, we can only question ourselves, "What happened to our faith?"  Why doesn't it translate into concrete action?  Remember, St. James put it simply, "Faith without works is dead."

I would like to follow the challenges posed by the bishops regarding the Year of the Laity, for they teach us how to put faith into action.  There are three things, that we should work on:

First, know the faith.  Know the fundamentals of faith not separated from life.  Learn from the 10 commandments and the precepts of the Church.

Second, live the faith.  The document says, "Make your faith bear on your day-to-day decisions and activities."  In everything we do, faith is always at work.

Finally, build communities of faith.  Learn to form relationships that is formed by God's word, sanctified by the sacraments, and committed to transform lives, public and private.

Learn to see the concrete Jesus walking upon the earth and blessing it through our sacrifices and actions.