“Being Salt of the earth and Light to the world by being communion with the Lord!”
(Based on 1 Kings 17:7-16 and Mt 5:13-16 – Tuesday of the 10th Week of Ordinary Time)
Let’s do a short-visualization based on today’s Gospel Reading….
There are over seven billion people in the world…
… spread over seven continents and around 195 countries…
There are people belonging to thousands of tribes, ethnicity, languages etc…
… and again hundreds of temperaments, personalities, outlooks and characters.
Among all these various people… the Lord, the Creator of the whole universe…
… through today’s Gospel reading tells YOU…
.. Yes, YOU, His beloved creation, and the one whom He loves deeply….
… “You are the salt of the earth!“
Now hearing this, you look up in surprise to God!
You look up to His face and tell Him bluntly:
“You must be kidding, Lord!
I mean…. Look at the vast expanse of the world….
… millions of people in here, variety of languages, behaviours, temperaments, personalities…
… and amidst, all this, You expect, Me…
… Me? To be the Salt of the Earth?!
I am just nothing, in this vast ocean of people!
Do you expect Me, a puny little thing, to really be the Salt to the Earth?
I am just a Nobody!”
But the Lord thunders back and says:
“Do not say, you are a nobody!
But I am precise in calling You…!
You have been Baptized in Me, and you have My Spirit dwelling in You.
Long back some of my servants also expressed their inability in a similar fashion…
But they were raised… by My Grace and their co-operation.
Remember the beautiful example of Elijah who obeyed my voice – and how during the drought, He was taken care…
… and his words to the widow at Zarephath: “The jar of meal shall not be spent, and the cruse of oil shall not fail, until the day that the Lord sends rain upon the earth!”(1 Kings 17:14)
You too, have a responsibility towards Me and My Kingdom…
… and You will do much in doing little, when and as I wish!”
But I, with a long face, again highlighted my helplessness:
“But Lord, the challenge is just too great!
I do have some talents and capabilities, that You have bestowed on me.
But will those be enough?
I just feel that I am too small and insignificant, to be making a real difference in the world!”
But the Lord, was unwilling to budge and said:
“Of course, I don’t deny that it is going to be easy for you to be the Salt of the Earth!
You will struggle…
… You will have to walk the hard path, as did even my Beloved Son on His Way of the Cross.
Some of you might perhaps think that as in the modern days, salt may never lose its taste.
But the salt that I spoke of in the Gospel, was not the pure, refined type that is available today.
The salt of the olden days, when exposed to moisture, could easily become insipid.
It could become tasteless and useless… good only to be thrown and trampled down!
In the same way, you, as the Salt of the Earth, need to be highly careful.
If you expose yourself, too much to the worldly and material affairs, you will lose your saltiness!
If you pollute yourself by the many vain pleasures in the world, you will end up being ineffective!
And then you will be useless…only to be trampled upon!
Your life is like… as my servant St Paul had once written in his Second Letter to the Corinthians… ‘Treasure in Clay’!
When preserved and careful utilized, you will remain precious
If not handled carefully, you will end up spoiling a wonderful fortune!
You are to be the Salt of the Earth…
… in whichever state of life you are
… to whichever vocation you are called to
… in whichever works or activities you engage in
You are to be the salt…
… that gives taste, to those who have lost meaning and hope in life
… that preserves the virtues of the Gospel and teachings of the Church in a world of decay
… that symbolizes purity even though the world around you plunges into immorality and sin
… that makes you part of the Sacrifice that is offered to God as described in the Law (Lev 2:13)
You have a great calling… to be the Salt…
… to give taste to the world
… to preserve the Gospel values
… to be a symbol of purity
… to offer your life as a sacrifice.
Yes, You are Precious!
Never let yourself, be diluted with the waters of worldly pleasures and thus become insipid!
Do not be contaminated by the World… rather, preserve your saltiness, by being in Communion with Me!
So, my Child…
… Are You ready to be the Salt of the Earth…?”
God Bless! Live Jesus!
Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “There are virtues of universal account, which must not only be called into occasional action, but ought to spread their influence over everything.
We do not very often come across opportunities for exercising strength, magnanimity, or magnificence; but… … gentleness, temperance, modesty, and humility, are graces which ought to colour everything we do.
Sugar is better than salt, but we use salt more generally and oftener.