Matthew 5 records, “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid.”
Salt was a valuable commodity in ancient times and was used to enhance the flavor of food, preserve it and act as a disinfectant. In this context, Jesus is using the powerful metaphor of salt to highlight our responsibility in society.
These verses can be interpreted as a call to action for followers of Jesus, to actively engage in the world--to make a positive impact. In this context, the "salt of the earth,” refers to the unique and transformative role that we can play in bringing flavor and goodness to the world. And, the "light of the world,” represents the shining example of love and compassion that we can set for others. It’s important for us to actively seek out ways to bring change, and to be a positive influence in the world. Whether through volunteer work, activism, or simply being kind and compassionate, we have the power to make a difference in the world and bring light to those around us. May we live out our faith every day, in every way, through meaningful and impactful ways. Let it be so!