08Jun June 8, 2021. Tuesday of Week 10 in Ordinary Time

June 8, 2021

Tuesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

First reading. 2 Corinthians 1:18-22

God himself has anointed us and given us his Spirit

I swear by God’s truth, there is no Yes and No about what we say to you. The Son of God, the Christ Jesus that we proclaimed among you – I mean Silvanus and Timothy and I – was never Yes and No: with him it was always Yes, and however many the promises God made, the Yes to them all is in him. That is why it is ”through him’ that we answer Amen to the praise of God. Remember it is God himself who assures us all, and you, of our standing in Christ, and has anointed us, marking us with his seal and giving us the pledge, the Spirit, that we carry in our hearts.

Responsorial: Psalm 118:129-133, 135

R./: Lord, let your face shine on me

Your will is wonderful indeed;
therefore I obey it.
The unfolding of your word gives light
and teaches the simple. (R./)

I open my mouth and I sigh
as I yearn for your commands.
Turn and show me your mercy;
show justice to your friends. (R./)

Let my steps be guided by your promise;
let no evil rule me.
Let your face shine on your servant
and teach me your decrees. (R./)

Gospel. Matthew 5:13-16

Your light must shine in the sight of men

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘You are the salt of the earth. But if salt becomes tasteless, what can make it salty again? It is good for nothing, and can only be thrown out to be trampled underfoot by men.

‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill-top cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine in the sight of men, so that, seeing your good works, they may give the praise to your Father in heaven.’


Cf Jerome Biblical Commentary.

Salt – to be salt it must retain its flavour. It is both a spice and preservative, like any good teacher.

If salt loses its flavour it is of no use – in Judaism it becomes unclean.

Light – a candle gives light, not for itself but for others. Our good works should lead others to God.

It is a delicate balancing act between doing good works and not being proud or taking the credit.

 

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