How can we be the light and salt of the world?
We are not the light; Our LORD is.
Like the stained glass in European cathedrals, we are only called to transmit it.
Salt is a preservative. In Northern Mexico, before refrigeration came in the 1900s, beef was preserved by dousing it with salt.
Salt does not do its job in the canister, but by being mixed into what it preserves.
The preserving action in our world comes from sacramental life.
We are called to be a “light to the World”. The bible compares the darkness of sin to the light of Christ. When we act rightly, and especially when we spread Christ’s love in the world, we dispel some of the darkness of sin in the world.
*]We can live visibly Christian lives.
*]We can behave in ways that reflect the Beatitudes.
*]We can follow the Commandments.
Salt was used by the Jews as a catalyst to burn bricks of dung in their ovens. After awhile the salt loses its ability and it is thrown out. Half-hearted discipleship is equally useless. We are called to be catalysts for the spread of the Word.
*]We can volunteer in service to the poor, the needy, the sick, etc.
*]We can take a role in our parish education program.
*]We can volunteer in service to our parish.
Jesus calls us ‘salt’.
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.
And Jesus calls us light…
Matthew 5:14 "You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
Both scriptures talk about Jesus living within us and through Gods mercy and love we can be made salt and light again! No other way but through the forgiveness of God!
At least that’s how I understand them to be…