Our Identity

In the different aspect of life, one of the biggest problems we may find is to forget who we are or what our mission is in the world. That could happen in a personal, familiar or communal level. As Catholics, we have our own identity. We need to know who we are and what our place is in this world. In the Gospel, Jesus is clear: you are the salt of the World… you are the light of the World… it is a reminder of who we are and that we are not isolated but we live in the world in which we have a mission.

Salt and light are two powerful images and elements that we need to understand according to the use they had in the time of Jesus, in order to have a better understanding of the message. In our time, people can live without salt. In Jesus’ time, salt was used for everything, to season, to cure, to preserve, to pay…that is the idea behind the statement: you are the salt… in the same way that the salt was used and was found everywhere, exactly in the same way that we should be everywhere, not our own person, but our faith, because we are one with it, or we should be one with it.

When the believers are not believers, what are they then? When we, who are supposed to be the ones who give flavor, lost our identity (and I mean with flavor to make sense to everything that happened in the world because of our faith), we lose the sense of who we are. This fact has consequences not only in the personal level but for all those who surround us.

The word of Jesus, you are the salt of the Earth and light of the world, presents a clear connection between who we are and the world in which we live and to whom we have an obligation. The Christian vocation is not only a call to holiness but a call to go to the whole world and preach the Gospel. Our existence in the world is not intended to be a mere presence without any connotations, but an existence that, because of our Faith, brings clarity and light to this world. Our identity given by our faith is not something private, but is public, and as such should affect the world and the time in which we live.

In the same way that in the Incarnation, of Divinity touches humanity without any one of them losing their own nature, but elevates human nature. In the same way, all believers should give flavor and light to the world in we live. Today more than ever, when is confusion and lack of truth joy, the gospel that is alive in us, should bring to this world some clarity, some light, some new way to see the reality in which we live. The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept His offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness.

With Christ, joy is constantly born anew. (Pope Francis, The joy of the Gospel, 1). Because the light we bring to this world is not ours but His.

Fr. Sergio