THE FLAVOR THAT TOOK OVER THE WORLD

Memorial of Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the ChurchLectionary: 360


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.”
REFLECTION: THE FLAVOR THAT TOOK OVER THE WORLD

“You are the salt of the earth. But what if salt goes flat? How can you restore its flavor? Then it is good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” –Matthew 5:13
We who are Christians are the salt of the earth. That means we give flavor to life. The everyday activities of life are often laborious. We make our living by the sweat of our brow (Gn 3:19). “Vanity of vanities! All things are vanity! What profit has man from all the labor which he toils at under the sun?” (Eccl 1:2-3) Life is often uneventful, boring, and drab. The lives of many people are in great need of seasoning.
Over two thousand years ago, God became man and lived in our human condition. He gave a divine flavor to our human existence, especially through His death and Resurrection. He then made it possible for us to be baptized into Him (see Rm 6:3). Thus, in Jesus, we take on that unique flavor which makes life worth living. In Jesus and through Jesus’ disciples in His Church, everyday life tastes great. Christians can make manual labor tangy and human relationships zesty. Flavored with Christianity, even the most difficult aspects of life have a “full-bodied flavor.”
Live your Baptism into Jesus. Be flavorful as He is. Make life deliciously delightful.
PRAYER: Father, make me the flavor of Christ in a very pronounced way.

PROMISE: “God is the One Who firmly establishes us along with you in Christ; it is He Who anointed us and has sealed us, thereby depositing the first Payment, the Spirit, in our hearts.” –2 Cor 1:21-22

PRAISE: St. Anthony defended the Franciscan vision against those who would have weakened it.

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