2 Corinthians 1:18-22; Matthew 5:13-16
We are all capable of being salt and light. We can heal and flavor and preserve just as salt does. We can all be lights in the small corner of the world where we live. We can bring light into the dark, provide light to find the lost and to find the way. We all can be the source of warmth. We can do that because “God has put his seal upon us and given the Spirit in our hearts.”
"When Jesus saw the crowds ..."
What did Jesus see when he looked out and saw the crowds? He saw the people who were following him? And, who followed him and hung on his every word? It doesn't appear that the spiritually rich - people who said all the right prayers and did all the correct rituals - liked what Jesus said.
Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; John 3:16-18
In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
It’s not just a gesture that we use to punctuate prayer. It’s not just a sign of our Catholicity.
This is a re-statement of our baptism.
These are the words I speak during baptism…the words that were said over each of us as water was poured over our heads…the first words that made us members of the Body of Christ. Those words we speak again, and in effect, re-Christen ourselves. We brand ourselves with God in His three persons. And whatever we do or say after is in the name of the Father…and the Son…and the Holy Spirit.