In the Gospel Jesus talks about being salt and light. A small amount of salt can take something plain and bland to our taste buds and make it tasty. Even a little light makes things visible to us. Jesus calls the believers to flavour their communities, make them unique, enjoyable. To be a light in our communities that they can see their way. See the problems and avoid them.
Paul talks about the light and salt he brought and why. Paul’s salt and light were mainly his actions. He believed that he lived a life that reflected God’s Spirit. He even goes to the extent to say it was not his words or the way he said them. He knows that it was God’s Spirit because when he came he felt weak and had great fear and trembling. He believes this was all important so that the Corinthians’ faith would not be based on human words, eloquence or wisdom. Interesting he does expect his words to be important, among the mature in faith.
Paul does not only believe he acts by the Spirit, but that understanding is from the Spirit as well. Salt is wanted by those wanting salt. Light is seen by those wanting light.
This reading is very important to believers, because it places the proclamation of the Gospel message on a living of faith through the Holy Spirit working through our lives and that the acceptance of that message on the working of the Holy Spirit.
We see the gospel message each of us shares in our actions and which ones reflect God’s Kingdom. Our actions bring something to the events we attend, like salt. We reveal to others another way of seeing things and engaging with people and events. We show God’s way, like a light.
God’s gospel message is not a view, idea, thought or knowledge. It is a living out of God’s kingdom in the world. What is the gospel message we are proclaiming?