"Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in
yourselves...." This passage is similar to Matthew 5:13, where Jesus tells his disciples --
and us -- to be "the salt of the earth." In Jesus' day, salt was valued highly. People didn't
try to avoid it, like so many of us must today. On the contrary, lacking refrigeration, they
salted most of their fish and meat heavily to preserve it. Salt which had lost its saltiness,
it's preservative power, became useless, good only to be put on a path or walkway to
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.