June 12 – Tuesday

Tuesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 1 KGS 17:7-16:

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 4

Lord, let your face shine on us.

Gospel: MT 5:13-16

You are the salt of the earth.



Jesus used ordinary images, such as salt and light, to convey extraordinary truths that transform our minds, hearts, and lives. What does salt and light have to teach us about God and the transforming power of his kingdom?

Pope Francis in his homily said: focused on prayer as the primary means by which Christians find strength to be salt and light to those around them.

He has urged believers to be true Christians and give flavor to the life of others, not to be tempted to shine light upon themselves but to bring the light of faith to their neighbors and to mankind.

Christians, he said, must be salt and light, but never self-serving: salt must add flavor and light must illuminate the other.

The Pope continued his homily with the question: “what must a Christian do in order for the salt not to run out, so that the oil to light the lamp does not come to an end?”

The “battery” a Christian uses to generate light, the Pope explained, is simply prayer.


Prayer: all together

Lord Jesus, fill our heart and mind with your light and truth. May we radiate your light and truth to others in word and deed. Amen