PASS THE SALT?

“Everyone will be salted with fire.” —Mark 9:49
 
Jesus says that you and I “will be salted with fire” (Mk 9:49). The scriptural uses for salt reveal several possible meanings:
  • Salt was used to seal a covenant (2 Chr 13:5Lv 2:13). We need to continually be sprinkled with the salt of the purifying, refining fire of repentance (Mal 3:2-3) to be faithful to our baptismal covenant with the Lord.
  • Incense was “to be salted and so kept pure and sacred” (Ex 30:35). Incense represents our prayers (Rv 5:8; 8:3-4). Our life of prayer must be salted with God’s consuming fire (Heb 12:29) of love to be “kept pure and sacred.”
  • “Every…offering that you present to the Lord shall be seasoned with salt” (Lv 2:13). We offer our bodies to God as living sacrifices (Rm 12:1). Physical sacrifices such as fasting and self-denial are like sprinklings of fire which help us to be pure and avoid hell (Mk 9:43ff). This kind of salt purifies and preserves from death (see 2 Kgs 2:21).
  • Salt preserves (Tb 6:6) and flavors (Jb 6:6). Paradoxically, a sprinkling of fire, which should destroy us, can actually preserve that in us which is worthy (see 1 Cor 3:12-15).
“You are the salt of the earth” (Mt 5:13). Get fired up!
 
Prayer: Father, don’t just sprinkle me with fire; set me aflame with Your love.
Promise: “Keep salt in your hearts and you will be at peace with one another.” —Mk 9:50
Praise: St. Polycarp, a disciple of the original apostles, was burned at the stake for his faith in Jesus.
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