Salt is one of the most amazing seasonings that add flavor to food. When taken alone, salt by itself is not that tasty. But when added to spice up a variety of food preparations, fruits, or vegetables, it magically adds much and perks up exciting flavor sensations.
In today’s Gospel (Mt. 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.”
The Lord is challenging us to be the “salt of the earth”, meaning we are not to bring attention to ourselves but rather, to serve and help others transform into becoming vibrant, active and faithful followers of Christ. This is to be done one person at a time, making them closer to the Lord as we work to strengthen God’s Kingdom here on earth. These relationships we build with one another should also strengthen the relationships of each one of us with God. The joy, the love, and the hope we bring into the lives of others will make them closer to Christ thereby giving them a foretaste of Heaven.
Consequently, we fail to be this “salt of the earth” when we don’t inspire the people we meet to feel the love of God. When our presence isn’t significant for others such that we fail in making them feel hopeful, joyful and loved, we are like tasteless salt that is without value and meaning. Therefore, we have the duty to enhance the relationships of the people who we encounter on a daily basis. They are there for a reason such that if we’re unable to change them and make a difference in their lives, we also fail in our actions such that it can even be “tasteless”, and “trampled underfoot”.
Let us pray that we do this solemn duty seriously. Let us endeavor to work on improving our connections and help others enhance their relationships with God. May the work we do with them bear fruit so that they also become loving and faithful followers of Christ.
“I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows Me will have the light of life.” (Jn. 8: 12)