“You are the salt of the earth.”
After giving the beatitudes, at the start of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus goes on to tell his disciples they are the salt of the earth.
Then, salt held greater value and significance than today. It was not only seasoning that enhanced the taste of food but also a preservative that prevented decay and brought about purification. By calling his disciples the “salt of the earth,” Jesus was reminding them of their vital role in the world to bring preservation, and purification.
We too are called to be the salt of the earth—to bring the good news of salvation, to be agents of transformation and bring glory to God.
Jesus further declares, “You are the light of the world.” Light dispels darkness, provides guidance, and reveals truth. In a world often engulfed in darkness, Jesus calls us to be bearers of light, to radiate the love, grace, and truth of Jesus Christ to those around us. Our lives should be a testimony that points others to God. When we allow His light to shine through us, we become instruments of hope and faith.