A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME
Matthew 5: 13-16
Jesus said to his disciples:
"You are the salt of the earth.
But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?
It is no longer good for anything
but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
You are the light of the world.
A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.
Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket;
it is set on a lampstand,
where it gives light to all in the house.
Just so, your light must shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds
and glorify your heavenly Father."
In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus calls His followers “the salt of the earth” and the “light of the world”. Salt and light are two elements which achieve their usefulness only when in contact with other things. Salt brings out the taste of things and the light reveals the treasures hidden. To be salt, is to preserve the good things in our world. To be salt can be challenging. Salt will sting, but also heals a septic wound – we are called to heal those around us. Salt stings as it heal, so we are called not to be afraid to challenge, guide and correct as well as comfort for the sake of the kingdom.There is nothing as refreshing as a dip in the ocean. The salt in the water is what makes it stimulating. We are invited to be the salt of the earth. It is a challenge and an adventure in faith. Let us be the salt of the earth and have a foretaste of the kingdom of heaven.