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“In the same way, let your light shine before others,
so that they may see your good works
and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
**This devotion makes a lot more sense if you’ve heard the sermon, so listen!**
It can be hard to know what to do when we hear the reminder that we are Salt and Light from Jesus in today’s Gospel.
Because God is going to act in the world whether or not we are working with him.
But we (like salt in a meal) make God’s work better.
And as light, we are given a place to shine.
Jesus says that we are light like a “city on a hill.”
Our actions matter.
What we do, and how we treat those who are in need, matters.
Earlier in his sermon on the mountain, Jesus tells us who is in need – the meek, the mourning, the hungry, the persecuted.
So that is who we act on behalf of in the world.In our staff meeting today, we heard this lovely blessing, and I’d like to share it today with you because I think it helps send us out to be salt and light in the world:
A Franciscan Blessing
May God Bless you with discomfort,
at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships
so that you may live deep within your heart.
May God Bless you with anger,
at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God Bless you with tears,
to shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war
so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them
and to turn their pain to joy.
And May God Bless you with enough foolishness
to believe that you can make a difference in the world,
so that you can do what others claim cannot be done
to bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.
Questions for Discussion
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