The prologue to St. John’s gospel introduces God’s Son as the Word. This life-giving Word—spoken down through the ages—became flesh and lived in our midst. For all of Christian history, the Word is intimately connected with all of human life. It is the purpose of TWIL (“The Word Is Life”) to bring the gospel to life and to bring life to the gospel. This blog will feature reflections on the Sunday Scriptures from contemporary Catholic writers, words of wisdom for our Spiritual journey from saints and blessed, and thoughtful reflections on masterpieces of sacred art. We at Living with Christ hope that they will help you grow in your spiritual life and deepen your relationship with the Word, our Lord Jesus Christ.

A gospel to-do list

Categories: The Word Is Life

“Your light must shine before others…” (Matthew 5:16).

As we launch into this day, many of us have a number of things planned. Our “to do” list looms before our mind’s eye, waiting for us to begin. We do our best to keep up with our daily responsibilities.

But today’s gospel gives us another to-do list. We are tasked to be “salt of the earth” and “light of the world.” As God’s salt, we are to bring spiritual savor to others, and as God’s light, we are to shine with God’s brilliance.

Are we to set aside our to-do list for God’s list? No. Rather, a kind word to the supermarket cashier, a word of thanks to the maintenance staff, a thoughtful call to a suffering neighbor, such as these are moments of salt and light. In the midst of our daily duties, we are to shine with God’s goodness and love, and thus we are salt and light for the world.

Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti

Author: Living with Christ

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