5 Epiphany – Year A

Isaiah 58:1-9a(9b-12); Psalm 112:1-9(10); 1 Corinthians 2:1-12(13-16); Matthew 5:13-20

“The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.” – Isak Dinesen

                Who are the people of salt?  Jesus says we are.  Are we?  There is the expression that anyplace worth its salt has a parking problem.  If we were the salt of the earth would people be flocking to our churches causing congestion in the parking lots?  Perhaps.  Perhaps not.  When a church becomes prophetic it is putting salt into the wounds of our society.  That may be ultimately healing but it smarts.  When a church becomes prophetic it brings searing tears, stinging eyes with the salt.  That may be ultimately healing but it is at first disconcerting.  Would we go to a place that puts salt in our wounds and repentant tears in our eyes?  Maybe.  Maybe not.

                Who are the people of light?  Jesus says we are.  Are we?  Does our light shine out exposing and shaming wars, homophobia, or racism?   Can we say “shame on you” to those who rape the land or ignore the poor?  Or are we ashamed, hiding under our bushel baskets?

                If we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world, some will flock to us. Some will run from us.  We are not called to be successful, only faithful.

Greek

                Matthew 5:13 says “But if salt loses its taste . . .”  The original Greek literally says “But if salt is made foolish . . .”  Interesting.

Haiku

Smarting salt preserves.

Life is saved for shining bright.

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