Powerful Catholic Reflection for 5th February 2023

Hello Friend!!! Welcome you to this Powerful Catholic Reflection for the day 5 February 2023. I am very happy to see you coming to read this reflection. Today’s readings.

Readings of the Day

First ReadingIsaiah 58:7-10
Second Reading1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Gospel ReadingMatthew 5:13-16

Focus of the Today

The more we realise and live our true identity, the more our life will be authentic and our mission will be effective. The crisis in vocation and mission is basically a crisis in identity

Inspiring Catholic Reflection for the Day

1.      Today we hear about “identity crisis” in many circles of life. Things go wrong, relationships go wrong because people are either not conscious of who they are, or not faithful to who they are. This is what is a failure or crisis in identity. Often in our materialistic, activist, and pragmatic world, identity is equated with status or function. Accordingly, people identify themselves with their post and position or action and function.

2.       But I am not merely what I do. My activity does not completely determine my identity. This is like answering the question, “Who/What are you?” with “I am a teacher or doctor et cetera”. It is not that our doing is not important. In fact, being and doing are not contradictory but complementary. The main point is, that our “being” must be more important than our mere “doing”. All our doing must authenticate a genuine being. All our activities and functions must flow from an authentic identity.

3.       Otherwise, there is always the danger that people wrongly seek their identity in their roles, functions, offices, positions, talents, or affinity-groups. It is in this context that Jesus reminds us of our identity through two simple metaphors, salt, and light. He says, “You ‘are’ the salt of the earth”; “You ‘are’ the light of the world”.

4.       In both salt and light, we can identify two aspects: their identity and their effectivity. There is saltiness in salt and it is useful in giving taste. There is radiance in the light and it is useful in lighting and brightening. Salt and light are no good when they lose their identity and are not available for use.

5.       In other words, the more we are faithful to our identity, the more we will be effective. In the first reading, Elijah was faithful to his identity as a man, a prophet of God, obeying God’s voice and doing His will. That is why he becomes a blessing of abundance for the widow of Zarephath. “The jar of flour was not spent and the jug of oil did not become empty”.

Direction For Life

In the light of the first reading, our identity is to be “jars of God’s blessings” in abundance, which will not run dry or empty. Do we try to be so? Good works from good identity are the best glory to God

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