We get to be agents of transformation in the world helping to usher in the Kingdom of God in our time and in this place. It’s an awesome and beautiful task. We need the help of each other, and we need the help of God most of all.
One time I was helping someone prepare for a party and we were tasked with blowing up about 100 balloons. After about 5 I was getting winded, but the other person brought a foot pump and could blow up balloons in a matter of seconds. For me that is the difference between relying on ourselves to do Gods work and responding to Gods work in our lives by the power and strength of the Holy Spirit.
We want to build God’s kingdom by the strength of the Holy Spirit and that is why we need to root all of what we do in prayer. We want to invite the Lord in! We want to say this is yours Lord! It’s all about giving glory to our God in heaven, as Jesus says in the end of our Gospel today.
It’s easy to rush into something without taking the time to pray. Life is busy, but the Lord wants me to submit my schedule to him. We can bring anything and everything to Jesus, but it is a discipline.
How do we be the salt of the earth and the light of the world? We have to care for both the spiritual and human needs of others. Doing these things together is what glorifies God and reveals Jesus to the world.