Jesus uses the images of salt and light to call His disciples to a life of service. Neither element exists just for itself. The prophet Isaiah connects works of mercy with the breaking forth of light. Acts of loving service are beacons of light in a dark world. It is easy to equate the sweeping scope of Isaiah’s and Jesus’ words to the scale of action required of us. Yes, we need to bring peace, justice and mercy to our broken world, but that can begin with a small gesture of love and support in our own intimate community.
Listening to a friend, a small caring act for someone who is ill, remembering and celebrating a birthday, checking on someone who is grieving or struggling, all these reflect Christ’s healing light. We can raise up and dispense with the bushel baskets of the world with small light-filled acts of compassion and mercy that can lead to peacemaking and justice seeking on a global scale.
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