In today’s Gospel from St. Matthew, Jesus instructs his disciples, “You are the salt of the earth…the light of the world.” passage.
I’ve said this before, but I can’t hear these lines without hearing in my mind the song from the musical Godspell based on these verses. Apart from the catchy tune, it is the emphasis on the admonitions that follow Jesus’ command that I find so compelling.
You are the salt of the earth…but if that salt has lost its flavor it ain’t got much in its favor.
You are the light of the world…but if that light’s under a bushel, its lost something kind of crucial.
You are the light of the world – But the tallest candlestick ain’t much good without a wick.
Let your light shine. Let your salt be bold. Not for our own aggrandizement, but for God’s glory.
Jesus is crystal clear in the Gospels that coming to worship once a week and verbally reciting our belief in God is not enough. (Two chapters after today’s Gospel, Matthew records Jesus warning that not all who say “Lord, Lord” will enter the kingdom.)
And so today, especially today – as we look out at the woundedness of our world, we would do well to examine how well we are heeding the command to be salt and light to the world.