As you go anywhere from around the country, you’ll notice that comparing the prices of seafood with those in Metro Manila markets, you’ll notice that the prices in the metropolis are higher not only due to the demand but from the kind and quality of fish harvested. As you go farther away from the capital, say for example when in coastline Cebu province, you’ll notice that the seafood, aside from being cheaper are also fresher. The fish are mostly from the sea surrounding these areas, while those in Metro Manila are mainly from fishponds and culture farms. One can still buy seawater fish, but you’ll have to reach out deep into your wallet. It is more expensive because it is tastier. Why? The salt content is higher.
The Gospel today talks about being the salt of the earth and light of the world. People in leadership or high-profile positions doing ‘good works’ will likely be noticed more. While the usual insight is on the possible good reaction from others who notice the ‘good works’ being done, there’s also the reaction of others who may feel threatened and envious. God then becomes not the recipient of appreciation, but more on the meanness directed at the person doing good. Instead of the beautiful light emanating from the hill, there’s the negative reaction in others.
Being subjected to such nastiness is not a pleasant experience, and it has the ability to disable our zeal and intention to do good. I know of some people who are capable of doing so much goodness and yet the fear of being noticed limits the ability to get discernment and strength from the Holy Spirit.
Yet, we shouldn’t fear. Despite these difficulties, be comforted by the thought that we are doing this for the Lord and reflecting His light to others who are in need of direction and guidance. The world will definitely be a much better place to live in if we live by Christ’s command,
‘Sharing your bread with the hungry,
sheltering the oppressed and the homeless;
clothing the naked when you see them,
and not turning your back on your own.’ (Is. 58: 7)
We have to remain bold and relentless for the Lord. In the final analysis, what others think will not matter more than what is important in God’s eyes.
‘I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’ (Jn. 8: 12)