Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Have Salt in Yourselves!

Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another (Mark 9:50).

Funny how you can come across a scripture verse that grabs your attention and you think "Was that always there?" Have salt in yourselves? What on earth does that mean?

Since last Sunday's gospel reading was about being salt and light in this world, I've been reflecting on its meaning for me. Our Pastor, Monsignor Daniel Mueggenborg, challenged us with a few good images of salt:

We are to be people who "flavor" all aspects of our lives and relationships with the values of the Gospel.

We are to be people who pray and guard against temptation so as to preserve ourselves and others from the corruption of sin and human vices.

We are to be people who constantly purify our lives by removing what is contrary to the Gospel or distorted in our priorities.

We are to be people who unite our difficulties and persecutions of faith with the sacrifice of Jesus so as to be offered with Him to the Father.

Lastly, we are to be a people who become catalysts of conversion in the world so as to allow the fire of faith to catch more quickly in people's lives, to burn more intensely in our hearts and theirs, and last longer.

Which of these images of "salt" has special meaning for you? And why?

Be filled with salt and be at peace, my friends!

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