Our scripture today is ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭13‬-‭16.

You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Jesus continues His lesson using the examples of salt and light to help the people understand. He taught much differently than the religious leaders of that time, explaining how people were important to the work of God’s kingdom. Jesus emphasized God’s love for us and the relationship He offers us.

Salt was a valuable commodity in those days, and we read that Roman soldiers were often paid in salt, which is the origin of our word “salary”. It was important as a purifying agent and preservative, not just a seasoning for food. Christians are called to purify our world and preserve God’s creation. Also, if we don’t add some flavor (change the world for the better), we aren’t using the gifts we’ve been given for their intended purpose.

This city boy never knew how dark it could be until I lived in rural southwest Kansas! It was an even rarer commodity in Jesus’ time. Light is important to be able to see the way and avoid obstacles in our path. Jesus tells us that we are the light of the world, called to show the way for others to find Him as well. 

Loving Lord, we are grateful for Your lessons and Your gifts to us. May we be the salt and light You see in us, sharing the joy we have found with all the world. Amen.

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