Salt Needs Preserving
Salt preserves. This is one of the main takeaways from Jesus’s teaching in Sunday’s Gospel as well as Pastor Jim’s message: As children of God, “the salt of the earth,” our invitation is to enrich and preserve our siblings in Christ. But there is another side - a second half - to Jesus’s words. “You are the salt of the earth,” he says, “but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored?”
In other words, salt preserves, but salt must also be preserved.
The stakes are not insignificant. Truthfully, the more I read the second half of that verse, the more ominous it becomes. There is a deep sense of finality in it. Salt that has lost its flavor “is no longer good for anything” and cannot be restored.
That’s dark, especially considering this entire analogy begins with food seasoning.
In that darkness, however, I see hope. When Christ says “if salt has lost its taste...it is no longer good for anything,”