“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
When I lived on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, I sometimes sat with with folks in addiction recovery and listened to them “admit to God, to themselves, and to another human being the exact nature of their wrongs.” It’s step five of AA and similar programs.
When they would speak, they would begin nervous and closed. Slowly, though, their posture would shift upright. Their eyes would soften in recalling painful memories. They would eventually find the strength to smile and leave with courage to carry on.
Jesus says that we are salt and light. We season the world with the fullness of our lives, the blessed and broken moments. If we serve as witnesses to the possibility of goodness in light of everything we’ve done, we can become a vehicle for others to witness God’s infinite love and mercy. In that, every life takes meaning and will shine forth.
Don’t surrender your loneliness so quickly.
Let it cut more deep.
Let it ferment and season you
As few human or even divine ingredients can.
Something missing in my heart tonight
Has made my eyes so soft,
My voice so tender,
My need of God
—Hafiz, as translated by Daniel Ladinsky
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