The True Christian Identity: Salt And Light 5TH FEBRUARY, 2017
Dear family of God, today being the fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time and the first Sunday of a new month, the month of February, the readings of the day invite us to reflect on our own identity as Christians and children of God. What character makes us children of God? How are we to live this way of life in the world?
In the world of football, terms such as “BBC” and “MNS” are very common. They display to us how dangerous some players can be in respect of scoring goals in a football match.
In the world of religion, we have a similar occurrence. Ours is not “BBC” or “MNS,” but “SL.”
S in the above refers to the theme of SALT which is beautifully captured in the text of today’s gospel reading (Matthew 5: 13-16). In ancient Israel, salt was basically used for three purposes:
- That is, it prevented commodities (especially food) from going bad. It kept an item in a good condition for consumption. Without it, the item in question will go bad and then we will have no need of it.
- How can you eat a tasteless food? Even if you are able to do so, you would not enjoy it as when the correct amount of salt is added. With salt, you are able to enjoy your meal.
- This stems from the glistening whiteness of salt which salt is extracted from the sun and the sea.
L in the above refers to the theme of LIGHT. Light is that which makes vision possible and it serves as a guide. Note carefully the words of Jesus: “YOU ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH” and “YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.”
Are we really living out our identity as “salt” and “light” in the world? The world has lost its taste and it is tasteless; the world is darkened by sin and it needs illumination. If all of us will play our roles accordingly and effectively, the world will be a better place for all.
Wherever you find yourself (Church, home, work place, school etc), live out this identity. It does not matter what people will say, but living as Jesus wants it. With the grace of God, we can be able to live our identity as salt of the earth and the light of the world