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Salt and Light

“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. ‘You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.’” -Matthew 5:13-14

Very often in church, we talk about how God loves us and wants us. However, it sometimes feels like although God wants us, the world wants nothing to do with us.  Here’s Jesus on a hill, and there are thousands of people — most of them being riffraff, vagabonds, etc. He’s speaking to the nonreligious outcasts, who are probably only there for a miracle or to see something cool, and he says to them, you are salt and you are light. Jesus doesn’t say to them if you believe in me, you’ll become the light of the world. Although that’s true, that we ought to believe in Jesus, he doesn’t say that. He doesn’t say work hard to become the light and the salt of the earth. He doesn’t say if you read the bible or if you do everything I tell you to do, then you’ll be salt and light. Instead, he says you are salt. You are light.

PRAYER:  Dear God, thank you for believing in me. I am salt, I am light. Not because of what I do, but because of who you are.

REFLECTION: Do you believe that you are truly salt and light?

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