Sunday, February 9, 2014

Salt, Light, and too much Snow

In today's Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples (and us) that we are the salt, and light of the earth.
I usually focus on the "light" part of that statement, mainly because it is more vivid in my mind.  However, given that I live in the snow-ridden, northeastern United States, today the salt angle is leaping off the page at me.

Most of us probably know the general interpretation of this passage.  Back in Jesus' day, good salt was used to preserve food, much like Christ charged His disciples with preserving His word and the Faith.  However, salt that loses its flavor is worthless, and gets tossed out and trampled on - much like sinners could be tossed out of the Kingdom.  

(Two notes of interest:  One, salt does not lose flavor easily, so this could also be interpreted as "impure, or inferior" salt.   Two, if salt gets trampled into farmland, it can ruin entire crops - much like sinners can ruin otherwise Holy people.)

But this winter's weather has led me to another analogy.  Every other day, it seems like we face more snow and ice here in my part of the world.  When the road crews put high quality street salt down, we all walk confidently and remain upright (read: remain good disciples of Christ).  When they use inferior salt, or the salt has become trampled into the ground from too much traffic, our road instantly becomes very slippery - causing people to fall (read: sin). 

So whether we are preserving the Faith, or helping people walk steady on their path to Paradise, I think our mission is pretty clear!

God Bless.   


Shirley said...

Fun analogy for me, because I used to do just that- put salt on the roads in my days of being a snowplow operator.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

What a clever way to interpret the salt analogy. Thank you Michael.

You know, people rarely compliment a good meal because of its salt; but they do notice if the salt is missing.

If we are to be worth our salt our light should shine for all to see - and be a good example of Christianity.

God bless you.

Mary N. said...

Hi Michael,
Great post! I usually focus on the light aspect of this reading too so it was wonderful to read your meditation that approaches this Gospel reading from the salt angle (which I think I've pretty much ignored until now). I live in the Northeast as well so I could very much relate to your analogy. Thank you and God bless!

Colleen said...

Michael, great reflection. I was like Mary, always focusing on the light. But my deacon husband preached this weekend about the salt aspect and not your reflection here. I have to pay more attention to the salt!
God bless!

Michael said...

Shirley: I didn't know that you would have been busy this year!

Victor: Another good salt analogy, thanks!

Mary: Guess I can't offer you any extra snow then huh?

Colleen: I need to pay more attention in general!

Thank you all for stopping by - God bless all of you.