May 19, 2016
Mk 9: 41-50
For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.
“If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell,where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.
“For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Salt and Peace
Today’s gospel reading from Mark gives us a humbling message about entering the Kingdom of God. The passage ends with a call to discipleship: “Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another.”
Salt in food makes a flavor deeper, richer, more remarkable. We need to identify what in our own lives we can “salt” or inspire to build the reign of God here on earth. We all have gifts that can be enriched, developed and shared with our sisters and brothers around us. So, in these days following the Easter season, let us say a prayer to reflect on what, in your life may be your role in resurrecting Christ’s message of peace here on earth.
—Mark Ehrbar is Co-Director of Music at Gesu Church, University Heights, OH.
Lord, you call your friends “salt of the earth.” We are your friends. Our lives are seasoned with your presence. We share our love of you with others. We help heal the world with friendship, and we light the world with your love. Help us grow in your friendship to become salt-of-the-earth people, happy in your love. Amen.
—(c) 2010, Catechist magazine
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