Today is Tuesday the 10th of June in the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time.

Tenebrae, directed by Nigel Short, sing “joyful light” from Rachmaninoff’s Vespers.

“Joyful light of the holy glory of the immortal one.” As I look around me now, can I sense that light, that holy presence here, and invite God’s joyful light into my life?

Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Matthew.

Jesus didn’t want his followers to be shrinking violets.  He calls instead for confident people who are not afraid to stand up and be counted.

Look back over the last week or so.  Is there anyone you have met who impressed you for their openness or honesty?   Or perhaps there was a person who impressed you for their fearlessness in acting or talking about what they believe in.

Jesus doesn’t ask his followers to draw attention to themselves, but to focus on our Father in heaven.   Looking at your own life, are there things you feel you ought to be more honest and fearless about?

As you listen to the reading again, reflect on what you being ‘salt of the earth’ might mean.

Can you ask God now, for the grace and strength to be ‘salt for the earth’, and ‘light for the world’?