Post by Cathy R.
Last week we heard that we are here to be the salt of the earth and the light for the world. But how do we do that, in a world full of lies, exploitation, violence, evil? Jesus’ values are different from this world’s values – the world keeps telling us to watch out for ourselves, take care of #1, and forget everyone else. The end justifies the means.
Jesus makes it clear that God values community and relationship, not self-centeredness and greed. He calls us to strive to a higher moral code than this world expects. Jesus acknowledges our struggle to live a moral life. But – Gouge out my eye? Cut off my hand? Really? I’m not going to literally do that, but with God’s help if something is causing me to fall off the right path, I can cut it out of my life. Just because something is legal doesn’t make it right. When I have to work to justify an action or a thought, maybe I need to rethink what I’m doing.
The biggest point I see in this passage is this: Jesus is talking to ME, giving me direction for my life, not guidelines to judge someone else. And thankfully when I don’t follow God’s path well, He’s right there with His Grace to love me anyway. I can’t do it without Him. Living in today’s world can be tough. But God has chosen me, and you, to spread His values. A little bit of salt flavors a whole dish… a little bit of light chases the darkness away… and if I stand up for what is right, I might not change the world, but maybe I can help light up my corner of the world a little.