Sunday Reflection: “You are the salt of the earth…. You are the light of the world.” Don’t think this is about somebody other than you. Jesus isn’t talking to particular individuals. He’s talking to the crowds that have followed him from Galilee, the ten cities known as the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan. That means they’ve come from everywhere. They’ve come to see this one they’ve heard about. They’ve come to listen and learn, to be healed, and to have their lives put back together. They’ve come in search of meaning, direction, and purpose.
You and I stand among that crowd. We’re one of them. We’ve come today to see this one we’ve heard about. We’ve come to listen and learn, to be healed, and to have our lives put back together. We’ve come in search of meaning, direction, and purpose. Jesus’ words are as true and applicable today as they were two thousand years ago. “You are the salt of the earth…. You are the light of the world.”
Jesus doesn’t stop there, however. There are profound implications to being named salt and light. It means that we are to flavor the world. We are to season and transform human activity in such a way that it reveals God in this world. It means we are to help people better see God’s life in theirs. It means we are to enlighten the dark places of the world. You and I are the means by which God flavors and illuminates life and the world. If last week, the Feast of the Presentation, Christ’s gospel showed us to be God-receivers, this week Christ’s gospel shows and calls us to be God-givers, God-sharers.
Where is the salt and light in your life? What does it look like? How does it show up? There are probably as many expressions and manifestations of salt and light as there are people. Ultimately though, they always look like the life of Jesus Christ.
“You are the salt of the earth…. You are the light of the world.”
Michael K. Marsh, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church
I have received a couple of requests to restart a bible study group in our parish. In consultation with the people’s warden and some parishioners, we will offer a mid-week gathering. One of the designs would be a bible study get together. Further details will be shared to you soon. Any suggestions are welcome.
You may be aware that in the past, we have had medical emergencies occur in our parish. Parish Council members have considered purchasing an Automated External Defibrillator (A.E.D.) for our church. It would be included in our 2020 Parish budget. If you wish to make a donation towards this project, the parish will be grateful to your contribution. Then, we will conduct a training on how to use an A.E.D.
Next Sunday, Father Paul Illical will lead our 10am worship service. Please extend your warm welcome and hospitality to our former rector.
I invite members of our parish to serve in the leadership team of St. Michael’s. Should you feel called to this ministry, you can talk to the Wardens or contact me at your convenience at, firstname.lastname@example.org