In today's Gospel, Jesus tells his followers that they are the "salt of the earth".
He then reminds them that if salt loses its taste, it is "no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot."
Now ... I'm no salt expert ... so take the following with the proverbial grain of it:
Back in Jesus' time, salt was quite valuable. Obviously, it was used for seasoning. But it was also used for wounds and for preserving food.
I recently learned, however, that salt could also be quite evil to agriculture. In fact, conquering tribes would often salt the land of the conquered ... thus ruining any current crops and sometimes preventing future growth as well.
So which kind of salt are we?
The kind that tastes good, preserves God's word, and cleans spiritual wounds?
Or the kind that has no taste, that increases blood pressure, and prevents others from growing in Faith?
God Bless you, and may you be the salt of the earth and the light of the world!