October 26


Jesus offers two images of his expectations for his followers: salt and light. Salt in a small amount flavors the whole in an invisible way. Light banishes darkness and makes our vision clear. Both make a difference when they are present. That’s our responsibility to live in a way that makes a difference – a way that is not bland and unimaginative but one that sees clearly the fullness of life’s meaning and flavors the lives of others with new hope. It is about this world, and about our life and witness in this world. It is about politics, about economics and about culture. It is about our environment, about the destruction of nuclear weapons. It is about peace. It is about our deeds in society. To be salt and light is to follow Jesus, struggling to bring about justice, to safeguard human rights and work for peace and reconciliation


May your followers be light and salt in our world.


Consider how in your day to day life you can make a difference. 

Suggested Reading

Jesus said to his disciples:
“You are the salt of the earth.
But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?

You are the light of the world.
Matthew 5:13 -16

If you remove from your midst
oppression, false accusation and malicious speech;
if you bestow your bread on the hungry
and satisfy the afflicted;
then light shall rise for you in the darkness,
and the gloom shall become for you like midday.
Isaiah 58:7 -10

The Christian’s task is to be the salt of society, preserving, reconciling, adding taste, giving meaning where there is no meaning, giving hope where there is no hope. It is about the quality of life.

Jesus Christ is the outstanding personality of our time. Every act and word of Jesus has value for us. He became the light of the world. Why shouldn’t I, a Jew, be proud of that?
Sholem Asch

Find out what’s really out there. I never said to be like me, I say be like you and make a difference.
Marilyn Manson

Anyone who thinks that they are too small to make a difference has never tried to fall asleep with a mosquito in the room.
Christine Todd Whitman

Rosa Parks was the queen mother of a movement whose single act of heroism sparked the movement for freedom, justice and equality. Her greatest contribution is that she told us a regular person can make a difference.
Marc Morial

Each one of us can make a difference. Together we make change.
Barbara Mikulski

Everyone can do simple things to make a difference, and every little bit really does count.

 How wonderful that no one need wait a single moment to improve the world.
Anne Frank

Never be afraid to do something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the titanic.

We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.
Stevie Wonder