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You are salt for the earth — raw thoughts on Matthew 5:13-16

This post makes me a bit nervous as I am exposing a huge yet hidden part of myself. However, I hope that it reaches one person, maybe even a few. 
I attend Mass weekly and read the Bible when I have some time. I attend Bible study where we discuss gospels and evoked thoughts.  This time I decided to record them to share.

This past weekend’s Gospel, Matthew 5:13-16, for reference … 


13 ‘You are salt for the earth. But if salt loses its taste, what can make it salty again? It is good for nothing, and can only be thrown out to be trampled under people’s feet.’
14 ‘You are light for the world. A city built on a hill-top cannot be hidden.’
15 ‘No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house.’
16 ‘In the same way your light must shine in people’s sight, so that, seeing your good works, they may give praise to your Father in heaven.’


The salt portion of the passage caught my heart’s attention; specifically the statement that we are thrown out if we are no longer salty. I really struggled to understand and come to terms with such worthlessness in God’s eyes. 
I read a few cross references in the Bible and some footnotes in hopes of an explanation or answer. I was able to find Mark 9:49 …

49 ‘For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.’


Thoughts around the gospel and its meaning to me …

–>Salt is used as a preservation method. Our faith and love for Jesus is will be a preservation for our earth. 
–>I worried about losing my salty-ness, or my worth in His eyes alone. If I do lose my salty-ness, how am I able to get it back? Mark 9:49 gave me an answer. Salt is salted through sacrifice. I shall make right and just sacrifices to God and when faced with any trials and temptations I am to respond with purifying acts of penance. I am to give my time to help others who are in need. To pray for others. To love others. To give my whole heart to Him. To be the light of the world as is mentioned in the second half of this gospel.   
–>A footnote I read in my bible: It is rumored that the salt of the Dead Sea can lose its flavor because it is chemically impure. My brain drew a conclusion as I read that … 

~The salt created by an exact scientific combination is to the perfect human (Jesus)

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~The impure salt of the Dead Sea is to an imperfect human (me)

The salt in the Dead Sea is salt no matter its impure state AND God loves His only Son who became human as he loves me no matter my state of perfection.  The knowledge that I am unconditionally loved is empowering. Such empowerment allows me to love others as God loves me. 
–>Salt will sting my open wound when applied, but heals as it draws out infection. I come to the following theme in my memories as I reflect on this thought and apply it to my life … I ignore or run away when I am hurt/surprised by a person OR offended/confused about one of the church’s teachings. Since I know God is the truth, then it is His truth that may cause me to turn away as my human nature gets in the way. But, trust and faith in him –after I have opened my heart and mind — has always brought me to a better place. The same way stinging salt can heal my wound… I find this can apply to my friends and family when they give advice that I may not want to hear. I have learned that I should listen, with complete openness, to their advice or words before making a decision to turn away from the pain. 
As always,
Sending my love and thanks for reading
Vivien 

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