Thursday, October 30, 2008
Salt and Vinegar
When Jesus told us that we need to be the “salt of the earth” in Matthew 5:13, He was conveying a very deep and manifold concept. Salt irritates and stings infected and injured flesh because it is killing harmful microbes that sicken and destroy the flesh. Salt is also used to preserve food to keep it from spoiling for the same reasons. So too, as Catholics who seek Christ and to be His faithful disciples, we must not lose our saltiness for Jesus reminds us that we will then be good for nothing.
As salt, we need not and should not verbally get in everyone’s face by confrontational irritation for this is the deadly sin of pride. We will be irritating enough by simply trying to focus on our own growth and spiritual maturity. By following Jesus’ example; by choosing virtue in every decision, instead of choosing sin, pride and vice as our response in every moment of our lives, we will be far more effective as salt through our example than we would be with words. Our society is drowning in words and it is only by the fruit of our lives (Matthew 7:15-20) that we remain salt for the earth and a light to the world.
Our example will be more irritating to the world the more the world saturates itself in the infection of evil. We must humbly persevere in following Jesus in the face of that evil. Pray and work in virtue. Seek the seven virtues, both theological and cardinal; study the Scriptures; and pray, pray to and with Christ without ceasing. Do all with a cheerful heart so that you do not become vinegar and bitter. Do know that the crown awaits those who persevere in humble obedience to Christ.
After all, salt and vinegar is only tasty on chips.
That’s me away.