Pass the Salt and Turn on the Lights – A Homily for the Fifth Sunday of the Year

In the Gospel today the Lord describes metaphorically what a Christian is and what He expects of us. Note five things about what God says:

I. The Definitiveness of His Proclamation– The text says, You are the Salt of the earth. … You are the light of the World. … But if salt goes flat it is good for nothing. … No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket.

The Lord is definitive in two ways. First,He says, “You.” He is not talking just to people long ago or to the person next to you. He is not merely talking to your pastor or the Saints. He is talking to you. Youare salt. Youare light. You. It’s too easy to say, “Look at what the Lord is saying to those people long ago near the lakeside.” It’s not long ago; it’s now. It’s you.

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When the Church of England…

….issued guidelines stating that marriage between a man and a woman was the only proper place for sexual union, I thought “Well, at least they’ve made the right stand, at last!”

But no. Poor Dr Justin Welby and his counterpart of York have now apologised for the statement and announced that the CofE is still…er…finding its way forward. Or something.

Oh dear.

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