Reading: Matthew 5: 13-20
As follower of Christ, we are called to be both salt and light. Both are essential roles in our Christian witness. If we fail to be either, we are only partly carrying out our role.
Traditionally, salt served two purposes – salt preserved and salt flavored. In a world without refrigeration, preserving food was an essential practice. Food is crucial to life and is a prescious commodity, so preserving what you did not eat when you killed an animal would later sustain life. In much the same way, our faith preserves us. Through prayer, study, and worhsip we coat our hearts and minds with the things of God. Then both in the day to day and in the trials, our faith preserves who we are at our core, keeping us grounded in Christ.
Sal is also a flavoring. Many foods are bland or dull without salt. Our faith is the salt that flavors our life. It is also our faith that flavors the lives of those around us. Who we are, what we do, the words we choose, how we treat others – all are flavored by our faith. The ‘flavors’ our faith adds to all these things is love, truth, compassion, honesty, understanding…
Traditionally, light was held up to illuminate or show the way to things around the source of the light. For example, a city was built upon a hilltop or a lamp was placed upon a stand. The analogies of lighting the way or of casting aside the darkness are what Jesus refers to as He calls on us to be light. Our faith should shine out from us, into the world. Our faith should radiate out from within, bringing hope and promise and vision to a world living in darkness. Our faith must not be private – hidden under a bowl – but public and out there for all to see. It is through seeing our faith lived out that others see the true light and are guided towards a relationship with Jesus Christ.
We are called to be salt and light. We each have opportunities each day to be these things to a world in need. May we make the most of what God sends out way, seeking to bear witness to the faith we hold dear.