“You are the salt for the road.”
Not exactly what Jesus said then, but he night say it now.
He said then to his disciples, “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”
Given what we have been through these last days, and what you drove through and walked through this morning on the way to Mass, salt thrown out and trampled underfoot and which gives traction to our tires is good for a lot!
Jesus might say to us now, “You are road salt.”
What does it mean for us to be road salt?
Road salt is in short supply these days. Road salt, if it is kept bagged up and stored in the garage, does not stop being road salt. It does not lose its purpose. It is still road salt and it still has a purpose. It has just never been put to its proper use. It is not good for anything, except to take up room in the garage.
We believers who are baptized do not stop being baptized if we bag up our faith and our witness, if we never put our baptism to its untended use. We remain baptized; we cannot ever be anything but baptized. We just remain unproductive.
So, today Jesus says to us believers, “You are the salt for the road.” What does that mean for you? Given your role in your family, given your situation in life, given you are a citizen of the world, what does it mean for you to be salt for the road. What does it mean for you to be road salt?
Hear Jesus speak one last time: “You are the salt for the road. If road salt remains bagged up and stored away, if it is not thrown out to be trampled underfoot, it is no longer good for anything, except for taking up room in the garage.”
The Gospel of the Lord.