Getting Out of Our Caves

Matthew 5:13-16:

Jesus said to his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”


Early Christians were almost forced to hide in caves due to the tremendous persecution of Christians through 303 A.D. Today, many Christians around the world still need to “hide” due to persecution – often led by their own governments. Most modern-day Christians are not physically-persecuted in their own countries, but we are all being persecuted in other ways by the world’s popular culture and woke corporations, governments, and organizations. While most of us aren’t physically-injured, imprisoned, and/or killed for our Christian Faiths, the reality of today’s world is that we are going to be persecuted for evangelizing for Jesus Christ as Jesus Promised us in John 15:21. And, yet still, His “ask” of us to be the “salt of the earth” and “lights of the world” – we are to let our “lights” (our Faith) shine before all others. Does that mean we need to be on street corners calling for repentance for the Kingdom of God is at hand – like Jesus Christ, St. John the Baptist, and many Others have done? Maybe. Street Corner evangelization can seem daunting for those who either aren’t comfortable with that kind of approach or aren’t “that on Fire” for God and His Word. But, St. Francis of Assisi once said, “Preach the Gospel always, and, if necessary, use words.” This goes right to the heart of what Jesus was saying in the Gospel – we are to preach the Gospel however the Lord leads us to. As Jesus said, “Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Heavenly Father.” The consequences in this world are almost trivial when compared to the Infinite prospect of Eternity. For no “good deed” will go unnoticed by Him even if it seems to go unnoticed by “them”.

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