Being Salt and Light


This past Sunday’s Gospel was the familiar calling for us to be light and salt to the world! When I’ve heard and read this in the past, there was a little bubble of pride that would well up within me – light chases out the darkness and salt brings flavor! Hooray for those of us who get to bring flavor to life and chase away the darkness!
This weekend, after witnessing months of political turmoil and anger between friends and loved ones unlike any I’ve seen before, I heard it a little differently.
The same lamps and candles which illuminate even the darkest shadows, if left untended and uncontrolled, can burn and destroy. The tongues of flame which can bring warmth and comfort are the same ones that scorch and consume. Far from being an absolute gift, that light can blind if it’s not controlled, not keeping the darkness at bay, but making it permanent.
The same with the salt, when used without prudence or discretion, too much salt can be caustic causing burns and damaging any living thing it touches

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Rebecca Frech is a Catholic author, speaker, CrossFit coach, and the Managing Editor of The Catholic Conspiracy website. She is the author of the best-selling books Teaching in Your Tiara: A Homeschooling Book for the Rest of Us and Can We Be Friends? She is a co-host of the popular podcast The Visitation Project, and is a columnist for The National Catholic Register. She and her husband live just outside Dallas with their eight children, a German Shepherd named Dave, and an ever-multiplying family of dust-bunnies.