Jesus in today’s gospel is calling us to be the “salt” and the “light”. These words of Jesus were the continuation of his Sermon on the Mount where he proclaimed the beatitudes. How important is it to be the “salt” and “light” of the world? When I read this, it struck me as a challenge that Jesus expects more from me.
In ancient times, salt was used for a variety of purposes. Salt is derived from the Latin word “salarium,” which means salary. According to some Bible scholars, because salt was so valuable, they were paid in salt instead of money. This is what Jesus would like to convey that our worthiness as person must not lose its purpose. “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. Our saltiness will be measured not only by our achievements in life, successful projects, and bright ideas, but also by how much we love and how much we stretch our hands to those in need. In doing these, Jesus added, as the “light” of the world. Light that we receive in our baptism must shine brightly on the top of the hill so that others may also benefit. “Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” The flame of our light will reflect in our lives how we walk alongside others to share the light that we carry within us. The salt and light complement each other as we journey together on the path of the synodal Church.
…in the end, the two women realized the man they helped was named JC, their eyes were opened, and that day they were able to touch and see Jesus in his wounded body and share their being as the salt and light inspired by His mercy… on call doing the task of love.