HAVING THE SALT AND THE LEAVEN OF FAITH IN EVERYDAY THINGS
“How do we keep our faith? Do we keep it for ourselves, in our families, as a personal treasure, or are we able to share it by our witness, by our acceptance of others, by our openness? We all know that families, especially young families, are often ‘racing’ from one place to another, with lots to do. But did you ever think that this ‘racing’ could also be the race of faith?
Christian families are missionary families, in their everyday life, in their doing everyday things, as they bring to everything the salt and the leaven of faith!
There is one more thought we can take from God’s word: the family experiences joy. In the responsorial psalm we find these words: ‘let the humble hear and be glad’ (Ps 33/34:2). The entire psalm is a hymn to the Lord who is the source of joy and peace. What is the reason for this gladness? It is that the Lord is near, he hears the cry of the lowly and he frees them from evil.
As St Paul himself writes: ‘Rejoice always… The Lord is near’ (Phil 4:4-5).
Dear families, you know very well that the true joy which we experience in the family is not superficial; it does not come from material objects, from the fact that everything seems to be going well… True joy comes from a profound harmony between persons, something which we all feel in our hearts and which makes us experience the beauty of togetherness, of mutual support along life’s journey.
But the basis of this feeling of deep joy is the presence of God in the family and his love, which is welcoming, merciful, and respectful towards all.
God alone knows how to create harmony from differences. But if God’s love is lacking, the family loses its harmony, self-centredness prevails and joy fades.
But the family which experiences the joy of faith communicates naturally. That family is the salt of the earth and the light of the world, it is the leaven of society.”
– From the homily of Pope Francis on Family Day, St Peter’s Square, Sunday, 27th October 2013, published in “The Catholic Universe” issue Sunday 3rd November 2013. For subscriptions please visit http://www.thecatholicuniverse.com (external link).