Today's Lectionary Text
Matthew 5:13“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
As I write this, it’s lightly snowing in Topeka.
We’ve avoided several of the snowstorms that the rest of Kansas and Nebraska have already had this season, and there are predictions it may all be melted tomorrow.
Yet the first thing I said to a co-worker and to our property coordinator this morning was “Do we know where the salt is?”
Salt, we have discovered over the centuries, is one of the best ways to break up and melt ice. It’s a diverse and versatile product.
In Jesus’ time, it was used to preserve meet and keep food from spoiling.
As a farm boy, I dropped many a salt lick in the field for cattle to consume (the all-knowing Google tells me now that it helps cattle perform several vital processes, including water regulation).
Fourteen years ago this week, at an arts journalism fellowship I was attending, one of my mentors called me an “old salt,” which I didn’t know at the time was a criticism or a compliment.
And, of course, I can’t have my French fries without a shake or two (if my doctor is reading this, it’s truthfully a low-sodium blend).
We call those who are good, level-headed types “the salt of the earth,” which emanated from the Gospel. Valued workers used to be called “worth their salt.” Yet those who go overboard are described as being “too salty.”
By telling us about the salt of the earth, Jesus wants us to stay dedicated to Him and to God, lest we lose that saltiness.
But I’m wondering if, through the millennium, the salt analogy means we should also be adaptable, versatile and up for any challenge? Ready to be put to use for anything – just like those miraculous bits of salt.
--David Burke, content specialist
Prayer for Reflection
Dear Lord, let us be salt for you – flavoring life, melting troubles and savoring outcomes in your name. Amen.
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