A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.
“You are the salt of the earth.” (Mt. 5:13) Salt can be used for healing and our lives can bring great healing by being who we are and living it fully. I heard a similar message in the letter to the Corinthians where St. Paul says, “Our word to you is not ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ For the Son of God, Jesus Christ was not ‘yes’ and ‘no’... but ‘yes’ has been in Him.” (2 Cor 1:18f) 'Yes' implies an openness. When someone says ‘yes’ it’s as if the door has been open wide and there is a willingness to open to the Light, to see what is really there.
So much harm has been done by people saying they were one thing and then being another. This has happened in all kinds of areas in the Church, whether it be in persons of authority or in laity who aren’t faithful to the laws of the Church-- disregarding some of them as if they didn’t apply to them but to everybody else. Our faithfulness, our ‘yes’ to God is that first installment of the Spirit that will be brought to fruit by our opening ourselves fully to God, living in His presence, and being truly who we are called to be. We must be faithful, God will take care of the rest.