February 5, 2020
Pr. Cathy Daharsh
Have you ever heard the expression, “Those people are the salt of the earth”? An expression meaning that they are good and honest people.
Is that what Jesus meant when he told his disciples that they were the salt of the earth? Did Jesus mean that they were fine people and good citizens? Is that what Jesus means when he tells us that we are the salt of the earth? Is that all that's involved in being the salt of the earth? I think that Jesus had something more in mind than that.
While salt has gotten a bad rap due to our excessive consumption, it is nevertheless an essential ingredient of our diet. Our bodies require salt. Salt, in proper quantities, can contribute to our health. Salt is also useful for flavoring food. A little salt can transform food. Salt is also used as a preservative. Before refrigeration, people salted meat to preserve it. That would have been a common practice in Jesus' day. Salt, in the right amount, is a wonderful thing.
Jesus says, "You! You are like that." “You, my disciples, might seem insignificant in numbers and power, but don't underestimate yourself." The reality is that a few people can indeed change the world just as a small teaspoon of salt can transform a meal. We need to hear that, because we often feel powerless. The world's problems are so great, and we feel so small comparatively. How can we help? How can we make a difference? What we need to remember that we are not alone. Christ is with us through the work of the Holy Spirit leading and guiding us to bring us together to provide hope and love to the world.
Our world is always in danger of deteriorating literally and metaphorically. You don't have to look far to see how true that is. Just look on social media or listen to the news. But Jesus, when he says that we are the salt of the earth, is telling us that we have the power to make a difference through the work of the Holy Spirit to preserve what is good.
Lastly, Jesus asks, if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? I ask you, "how do you restore your saltiness?" Worshiping, learning, communion with our brothers and sisters in Christ recharges our flavor so that we may be just what the world needs.
You are the salt of the world, so let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and glorify your father in heaven. Amen.