"You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot." Matthew 5:13
In the same breath, Jesus would say to his followers that they are the light of the world and to let their light shine before others. My message will, however, focus on the aspect of salt. It is a common ingredient and yet quite powerful when only a little is needed!
We notice here how Jesus gives them an identity. They ARE salt and as salt serves to be a preservative or add flavor, it can have a strong impact. Think about the morals of those around you? Maybe they don't match how you live as a Christian. Do you think you could be of influence? Think, too, of trying to preserve the Christian witness and values in organizations to which you might be a member.
Now, think also about adding flavor to those around you. Maybe you befriend someone in a way that brings encouragement and support. You find yourself uplifting that spirit in a moment of despair. You might have more influence than what you believe. I would invite you in preparation for this Sunday to think of the decay or corruption around you and how you might be of influence. After all, we are called to go forward and not be in retreat! How might you add flavor to those around you?
May God's blessing be upon your preparation and worship for this Sunday. The full Gospel reading is Matthew 5:13 - 20.