We are called to be salt and light, and to do good deeds. But too many of us approach these tasks as if they were a mandate to fix the world. Those efforts always fail, however, because it is not our ingenuity that is being tested. No, we are invited to be and do these things so that we might awaken ourselves and our siblings to the glorious Presence swirling in our midst. And if we trust in the grace they shower upon us, the darkness and gloom in which we dwell shall be lifted. Alleluia!