In Today’s Gospel Jesus told his disciples that they had to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. That makes it timely for us to ask just who those disciples might be. Are they our ordained priests? Are they our professed nuns?
Yes, ordained priests and professed nuns are his disciples, but there are others as well. Our Lord’s final words to his eleven Apostles was, “Go, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son, and the holy Spirit.”
In looking for baptized followers, Jesus had no mind for enrolling people as ordinary Christians. He had no room for such a category. The only way you can be his follower, is for you to assume the role of an active disciple.
You must be the salt of the earth, enriching an apathetic world with an active, joyful, salty, commitment to what is right.
You must be the light of the world, glowing with the light of Christ’s truth the way the moon constantly reflects the light of the sun.