Pope in Santa Marta: Be salt and light, always serving others
Pope Francis spoke about being a Christian witness during his homily at Casa Santa Marta. He said it means edifying others and helping them in their darkest hour.
“Salt for others; light for others: Because salt does not give flavor to itself but always serves others. Light does not illuminate itself but always serves others.”
He asked that Christians not seek any merit for their actions, but instead seek everyday holiness through service.
EXTRACTS OF PAPAL HOMILY
(Source: Vatican News)
“Salt for others; light for others: Because salt does not give flavor to itself but always serves others. Light does not illuminate itself but always serves others… Supermarkets sell salt in small quantities, not by the ton. And salt does not promote itself because it doesn’t serve itself. It exists to serve others, by conserving things and giving flavor. This is simple witness.”
“The Lord says: ‘You are salt; you are light.’… But do so in order that others see and glorify God. You will not even receive any merit. When we eat, we don’t compliment the salt. No, we say the pasta or meat is good… When we go to sleep at night, we don’t say the light is good. We ignore the light, but we live illuminated by light. This impels Christians to be anonymous witnesses.”
“Everyday holiness means being salt and light for others."