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sexta-feira, 24 de março de 2017
ON BEING SALTY
is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it
salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with
9:50 (read 9:38-40, 50) - NIV
disciples wanted to prohibit people who were not of their group from
acting in the name of Jesus. They appointed themselves as judges,
believing that they were the exclusive instruments of God. Once
again, Jesus had to call their attention. Their mission was to be
neither judges nor saviors, but to act as salt and seasoning the
as judges and saviors creates problems. Our judgments are limited and
imperfect. We may wrongly condemn that which is good because it
appears to be evil to us and embrace evil that masquerades as
as saviors is equally dangerous. Those who try to establish
Heaven-on-Earth always end up administrating a self-created
Hell-on-Earth. The good we do can have negative side effects and be
harmful to others. Our actions, even when motivated by the best
intentions, can be harmful to other people who are also
we interpret "sin" as harmful habits of private life such
as smoking, drinking, cursing and going against social conventions.
Jesus went beyond the realm of only a pious personal life.
nature of the salt implies a life of positive participation in
society! Salt is useful only insofar as it penetrates the ingredients
and transmits its flavor. Acting as salt is essential to the life of
faith. Salt is useless while staying within the salt shaker. Its
usefulness consists in leaving the salt shaker and getting lost in
the ingredients. Also, it never returns to the salt shaker.
sin is to omit a compassionate life within the society of the world
in which we live. Jesus also used the figure of giving a cup of water
in his name. For us that means little. Water is abundant and gushes
from any tap. But water in that arid land represented sacrifice and
generosity, because water was a rare gem and difficult to access.
Each drop was precious. Hosing down the sidewalk? Filling the
bathtub? No way!!!
live in a world that lacks "salt". Jesus related salt to
peace. The lack of "salt" drives the world to violence.
Living as salt is to live peace. Our mission is to be salt in the
world. The greatest sin is to try to keep our identity as "salt"
by staying inside the salt shaker. The true identity of the salt is
to lose its identity as a separate entity from the world and to give
flavor to it, without appearing.
Christian who seeks to preserve her/his Christian identity by
isolation from the world is sinning against the weak and needy.
Churches who strive to preserve their identity such as Catholic,
Protestant, charismatic, conservative, liberal, etc. are promoting
divisions in a world already full of barriers, where there are
millions of victims of violence of all kinds. With our presence as
salt, many who are on a losing track could be strengthened to a life
of hope and faith. As "salt", we can enhance the flavor of
life and make it delicious. The presence of salt can make a
9:38-40,50 – NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we
told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”
not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my
name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is
not against us is for us. Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a
cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will
certainly not lose their reward.
is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty
again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”