Are you a tea person like me? Have you ever had your regular caffeine cup but it didn't taste quite right? I've definitely had those times where I order, or even make myself, a tea, drinking triple triple with milk and sweetener, and yet there is no sweetener in it. You take one sip, and realize right away that it's bitter, not your regular. Thinking about his situation, what would you do? You'd probably go find some sweetener at home, or at the office and add it to your drink, waiting to drink it for when it tastes proper. In the same way, when we are running dry, at our lowest or highest points in life, we need to continue to to sweeten our lives with faith, and keep putting God at the centre. If we don't keep going to mass, praying, building our relationship with God, our well will run dry, our joy will turn to bitterness. Thinking of the coffee analogy, what are some ways you can sweeten up your faith life and take more time to put God at the centre?
Today's Gospel states:'For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ, will by no means lose his reward. "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung round his neck and he were thrown into the sea. And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched. For every one will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its saltness, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another"' (Mark 9:41-50).
Today's reading talks about how we need to be the salt of the earth, the Holy Spirit burning within each and every one of us. Salt will lose it's taste if it withers and gets left in the cupboard, not used to add extra flavour to food. In the same way, if we don't heed our call to action, and let the Holy Spirit worked move us to do God's will, we'll become lost, we won't have as many reasons for joy, for love, the feeling of purpose we get as children of God. We are each called to salt ourselves, to practice the faith, to go forward and be a light for other people in the world, and bring others into faith. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you put Him at the centre of your life.
Today we pray:
Thank You for making me in Your image and likeness. Help me to work on being salt for the earth, for making you the centre and guiding me in all I do.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.