Be salt. Be light. Be harp.

I like salt.  A lot.  And I enjoy it often.  But in the days of Jesus 2000 years ago, salt was hard to come by. It was necessary, and it was scarce.  Light also might have seemed a bit scarce, as it does still today.  But light is surely also necessary.

Another thing about salt and light.  A little bit of each goes a long way. A tiny flame can cast out plenty of darkness. A grain of salt can give plenty of flavor.

We disciples are that.  Scarce and necessary.  And a little goes a long way.

St Ephrem tells us how to be those things, how to be salt, how to be light.  Ephrem was a 4th century saint from Syria. He is known as the “harp of the Holy Spirit,” a beautiufl title.  He took great joy in that.  For Ephrem, the Holy Spirit produced the best music and played it through him.

Same with us.  The Holy Spirit offers the best salt, the best light, and it comes to the world through us, with us.

The first reading today says let our yes mean yes.  How can we say yes today to letting God salt the world, light the world through us?

2 Corinthians 1:18-22
Psalm 119:129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135
Matthew 5:13-16