Salt of the Earth, Light of the World

BY ERIN MCDONALD | February 10, 2020
Sunday’s Readings

“You are salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled.” 

In a culture that values power, money, control, and perfectionism, it can be easy to trample on the humanity and dignity of others, especially those whom we categorize as being without value. It is easier to dehumanize and label certain groups of people as burdensome, weak, or unwanted in pursuit of our own personal advancement, security, or political agendas. 

salt and light

“You are the light of the world…Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” 

The Gospel of John says that we are children of the light; illuminated by Jesus who is the light of the world. In these dark times of increasing division and dehumanization, how are you called to be light for the world? As people of faith, we are called to be courageous beacons of light, hope, and love for all people—not just for our family, friends, and neighbors. We are called to be courageous beacons of light for those who stand in the shadows, for those who are oppressed, and for all our brothers and sisters who are suffering. 

As I think about the word courage, I am reminded of a quote by Brene Brown, which says “courage is contagious. Every time we choose courage, we make everyone around us a little better and the world a little braver.” Do you have the courage to be light for the world? Do you have the courage to embrace discomfort so others might live more comfortably?

1 reply
  1. Dr.Cajetan Coelho
    Dr.Cajetan Coelho says:

    Slogans like “Fearless minds” and “confidence must rest in our wrists” – have awakened courage in the lives of leprosy warriors and leprosy victors at India’s Anandwan. Having lost the sense of fear and having filled their hearts and minds with courage, they have turned their parched rocky terrain in to a prosperous oasis.


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