If someone were to say, “You are the salt of the earth,” you would be considered a person of great kindness, reliability or honest. In the scripture for today, Jesus is talking to his disciples and spelling out his expectations of them, including kissing goodbye everyone they loved and parting with their earthly possessions. Jesus depended on them and nothing could distract the disciples from being the salt of the earth to his ministry.
At my age, I consider myself old salt. I’ve learned about kindness, reliability, and honesty from experience. But that didn’t happen without being tossed back into a big pot and fed handfuls of salt through the grace of God. Just as in making soup. I have been asked, “How do you make such good soup without using a recipe?” I say, it’s all about testing it while it cooks and adding the right seasonings to bring out the flavor.
Lent is a time to examine our faith. Every Wednesday during the six-week period of Lent, my church holds a simple soup supper before worship. The soup maker seasons the broth to suit the basic needs of the diners. However, there is always a saltshaker on the table, for those like me, who need to add a little flavor to my Lenten experience.
Dear Lord, help us all to become salt to the earth. Amen.