More than a day dedicated to couples in love, Valentine’s Day should now take a new meaning in light of tragedies befalling our world.
To most people, this day of hearts would seem to be nothing more than kids exchanging Valentine’s cards and adults giving chocolates or flowers. But it is harmless only in the eyes of those who don’t know any better.
While it has remained a special day to shower those we hold close with love, its meaning should by now be evolving in the face of recent cataclysms — bushfires, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, deadly viruses and infestations.
This is no time to live in ivory towers. And last Sunday’s gospel should reawaken us, particularly Christians, to the realities of today’s world. It’s high time that we exhibit our love for our fellowmen not only on this day supposedly dedicated for lovers.
About 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ likened Christians to the lowly salt, pointing out that they are the “salt of the earth.”
What exactly was the Lord telling us when He said that?
It could simply mean that we are to serve as a healing agent to those hurting, the sick and the dying.
Salt, as we all know, is an important seasoning. We can’t imagine food without it.
You are the salt of the earth. How many times have we read this verse and not even stopping to think about its deep and profound meaning? It is interesting how Christ has used salt to represent Christians. It gets more interesting when you look at the physical and chemical properties of salt and how they relate to our lives.
Food gets better with a sprinkle of salt. In the same manner as salt of the earth, Christians should be the ones who should give a flavor to this distasteful world. In a world full of bitterness, it is kind of refreshing that we have Christians who strive to make a change by doing God’s work.
The simple act of caring for the sick and the hurting, like the victims of the Covid-19 virus and residents in the vicinity of Taal Volcano who lost their homes following the eruption, is one such example.
Just imagine the health care workers — doctors, nurses and caregivers — in the frontlines attending to the victims of the deadly outbreak, risking their lives to heal the sick and prevent further spread of the menace. Aren’t they our modern-day heroes? They are literally throwing caution to the wind.
How about those in the frontline of disasters such as the eruption of Taal where kind-hearted souls helped evacuate victims to safety? We also have some good Samaritans spraying water to passing vehicles in Tagaytay whose windshields have been covered with ashfall. Christianity, we would like to believe, is not dead.
Salt has been seen as a healing agent, and we as Christians should no less act as one. As a preservative, salt is no less valuable, knowing how it keeps food from spoiling. The Bible tells us that we, as Christians, must help in keeping this world from corruption and spiritual decay.
This is also very relevant in today’s society especially with the efforts of the present dispensation to lessen corruption in government and preserve moral standards. Greed can be moderated if only we control ourselves and preserve ourselves as the salt of this earth.
Let us do our part in preserving moral standards and in keeping God’s ways in today’s society.
This Valentine’s Day, let’s not only profess love to our beloveds. Let’s show our fellowmen our love. In these trying times, it’s just what Christ, as Light of the World, would have wanted us to do.