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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 10, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Kings 17:7-16
Psalm 4:2-3, 4-5, 7b-8
Matthew 5:13-16

A reflection on today's Scripture:

You are the salt of the Earth.

Jesus often spoke in simple phrases and metaphors that people of His time understood, but the meanings of which are no longer so full as they once were.

To understand the power of what Jesus says here, it helps to know that at one time Roman soldiers were paid in salt. Our word "salary" stems from the Latin "salarium" or salt. Why salt?

In a time without refrigeration and without modern conveniences, salt was one thing that could help in two ways. First, it could disguise the flavor of food that may have gone a bit off. Thus it allowed food to be eaten a while longer and preserved life. Second, salt was used as a preservative—one could store food for a longer time if it were salted. Salted fish and salted meat were the staples of troops that had to travel great distances.

So, what Jesus says to us in this simple phrase is twofold—it is through us that the world has any flavor, any light, any hope—not that we are the source of hope itself, but that we are signs of it—we are the salt, not the salvation. But we are the clear sign of the salvation that has come.

Through us now the world comes to know about Jesus. As we are guided by the Holy Spirit to share God with all the world, we act with God to preserve it and wholly save it. God redeems our neighbors through Christ's sacrifice, but we play a small part in letting that redemption and salvation be known.

We are salt—we flavor everything. But if we should lose our flavor, if the light of God should pass from us, if we should no longer respond to the Holy Spirit, how then might the world be salted?

- JuandelaCruz |
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