Scripture: Matthew 5:13-20
Key verses: (13-14) 13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid.
Reflection: Salt and light. What a strange way to describe the followers of Jesus. Perhaps it is for us in the 21st century, but not so for those in the first.
In an age before ice and air conditioning, it was hard to keep food, especially meat or fish, for any period unless it was cured with salt. Salt was a preservative. But it could also be used to season or flavor food (just like we do today).
At a time when there was no electricity and lightbulbs, just oil lamps and torches to illuminate the night, having light was crucial for dispelling darkness and for lighting the way.
Jesus is telling his followers that they have a transforming role to play in this world. They, and we, are to become in life what salt and light are to the world. Followers of Jesus preserve what is good and enhance existing things. They also, in their living, shine a light in darkness and show others the way. Followers of Jesus do not live for just themselves, they live to transform the world around them.
Ever wonder how God wants to use you? The next time you see how even a little salt scatters all over the table or taste the difference salt makes to food you are eating, the next time you enter a dark place and turn on a light—then you will know how God wants to use you. You are the salt of the earth, you are the light of the world!
Prayer: When my salt has lost its taste, restore me, O God. When my light is hidden under a basket, help me to let my light shine. In both taste and sight may others experience your glory through me. In the name of the one who calls us into transforming witness, Jesus the Christ. Amen.
Author: Von Clemans
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].