LET’S GET SALTY “You are the salt of the earth.” Matthew 5:13
Lately it feels like each morning I stumble out of bed to find a waking nightmare in the news.
Sometimes I just want to hide under the proverbial blankets of my privilege instead of staying awake.
I have just enough privilege economically, as a white person, as a cisgender person, as a Christian and as a citizen that I can temporarily hide.
But that’s not really what I want.
And that’s not what our Gospel asks of us.
In the Book of Matthew, Jesus addresses another group struggling to live in faithful resistance to another empire.
He tells them that those who act in the world as though the people and communities abused by the powerful are blessed—they are the salt of the earth.
While I wish Jesus gave us a quick fix to end empire that transcends time and place,
he didn’t. Instead, he offers us a way to sustain our resistance by calling us too to be salt of the earth.
Meditate on these ways ancient metaphor meets modern science to help us get salty:
Salt transports nourishment—like oxygen—through our blood. How can you carry nourishment through our collective body?
Salt is a collaboration of chemical ingredients, a molecular community, that needs to bind together to function. To whom do you need to bind together to preserve your functional wholeness?
as we wake to living nightmares,
nourish us that we might nourish each other,
bind us to your love,
and soften our bitterness
that we might be your salt for our world.