Salt of the earth

There is a verse in Matthew’s gospel:

‘You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless’

I don’t think I had ever really spent any time thinking about this. I presumed the metaphorical reading to be fair.

But I was doing a lectio divina on this passage yesterday when it struck me that reading with my chemist lens offers a new spin.

Sodium chloride is sodium chloride is sodium chloride. Salt can’t lose its saltiness. You can add weird flavour to it (something reasonably common in South Africa that I just hate), but even then, as a good chemist I can extract the pure salt from the horrible mix, just give me a little time.

Salt can’t lose its saltiness. And we can’t lose the love of God. We cannot lose the dignity and inherent value we have simply by being a human.

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