Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Although one of the most common elements of the earth, the properties of table salt, or NaCl as it is named in chemistry, seem to be largely forgotten today. For thousands of years pure salt has been valued as a preservative and as an antiseptic, cleaning, and healing agent, above and beyond its ability to enhance the flavor of food. God knows that the earth is in need of salt! Yes! Humanity constantly needs a holy sprinkling of love and truth to clean out pockets of self-centered greed and pride; to heal rifts in relationships and the broken morals of our age; and to preserve the wisdom of the ages that has allowed civilizations to live humbly with their God on the face of the planet for thousands of years. Just as Jesus called the disciples of his day to maintain their saltiness – by committing themselves to their love of God and their fellow human beings – so Jesus calls us to not lose our own ‘saltiness’, but to unwaveringly live into our role as salt of the earth. Table salt loses its flavor when it absorbs other chemicals from the atmosphere or its surroundings and becomes a more complex compound. It is then that it is thrown out and trampled underfoot. Am I committed to becoming – and remaining – simple , common, antiseptic, healing, preserving and flavour-full ‘salt of the earth’ for the purposes of God? Holy Spirit of God, help me become salt of the earth.
I keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. (Psalm 16 )
Few souls understand what God would effect in them if they should give themselves entirely into his hands and allow his grace to act.
St. Ignatius of Loyola
Soli ad gloriam
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.