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Matthew 5:13-16 (As built; Amite #248; 2-5-17)

“Salt” (Salt of the earth…worth your ‘salt’…)
(pg 192, Pres stories never told)Jamie is 10 years old; 10…and he LOVES (really proclaim this…) Movies… he LOVES them…he lives in Miami, Fla. and watches movies all the time…but there is one movie he really LOVESSSSSSSSSS…. ‘Code of the Secret Service’….(repeat)… ‘Code of the Secret Service’… he LOVES that movie… it is about Secret Service Agents protecting the President of the US…he watches it over…and over…and over again… finally, his dad said, ENOUGH…. It’s not that good! Well, the movie left a mark…an INDELIABLE… mark! 40 years later… Jamie Parr is a Secret Service Agent! He is THE Secret Service Agent… he is Agent in Charge of Protecting the President!!! And the President that he has to protect…none other than Ronald Reagan….and he is with him on that proverbial day… you know the day… the day Pres Reagan got shot… the day John Hinkley comes out of no-where and fires four shots (make the hand gesture for ‘4’)…hitting the Pres Ronald Reagan, another SS agent, a police office and the Press Sec… Jamie only knows one thing….only cares about one thing (make sign of ‘# 1’)… protecting the Pres… in which he does…he literally throws himself on the Pres...scooping him up and almost carrying him to the limousine…the rushes the Pres in…throws himself back on top…. He sees the Pres has been hit…and he is bleeding pretty bad… he yells to the driver and over the walkie talkie… to go directly to the Emergency Room…they notify the Hospital…the Doctors and Surgeons are waiting…they run out to the Pres… Mr Pres. We will have to operate immediately… as only Pres Reagan could say….reaganesque… ‘I hope you are Republic an’…his wife begins to yell… ‘what happened?’…The pres responds… ‘I forgot to duck’! As you know the operation went well…and when the President came too…they told him… Jamie Parr, the SS Agent… saved your life..he is worth his weigh in gold…. ‘B & S”…HE IS WORTH HIS SALT’!!!! The Pres agreed…. The press told the Pres… you know, it was all because of a movie he watched back in the day….that he became a SS Agent…Mr Pres… have you ever heard of the movie…’Code of the Secret Service’… the Pres smiled…put his head down and said… ‘yes, I know the movie…. I was the SS Agent in that movie… it was one of my very first ones… and he smiled an added… ‘it was one of my worst ones’!!!
B & S…. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THE GOSPEL IS ABOUT …. ‘SALT’…. The SALT is … CHRIST!!! HE is DIVINE WISDOM… AND IF HE IS IN YOU… YOU WILL RESIST CORRUPTION…
Friends in Christ…. Any 1st century Jew… remember, Matthew is talking to Jews… trying to convert them to Christians, Catholic Christians….they KNOW THE SIGNFICANCE OF SALT… they know that the Priest in the Temple MUST USE SALT DURING THEIR OFFERINGS TO GOD….(Lev 2;13, Ezk 43:24)… Whether in the Bread, the animal… bulls, lambs, birds, etc… To send an offering to God, one must use SALT... so for Christ to say, I’m the SALT OF THE EARTH… that is a very Bold Proclamation… the Book of Wisdom, another OT books, makes the statement… LISTEN TO THIS…. “disbelieving soul, will have tomb of a Pillar of salt….”… think for a second…remember the story, Sodom and Gomorrah …Lot and his wife, escorted by an angel…are told, not to look back… not to go back to their former ways…his wife, turns to look… she becomes a pillar of salt!! She collected the SALT, the knowledge of Christ, but DID NOT PUT IT INTO PLAY… hence why in the Gospel you hear, in the second to last sentence… ‘you light will shine, like your good works..’ ( karla ergo, in greek… good works)… B & S, you must put your good works into play… you must use your talents and not bury them…so Gods Light, HIS SALT, will shine thru you…. My friends have you even seen the picture of the LAST SUPPER BY MICHANGELO…??? You know the one; the apostles are all one side… like a photo op!?! Look closely at the hand of Judas… it looks like he is holding money bag…look next to his wrist… John’s hands are folded, he is the only one remaining calm, Peter has a knife to judas’s back… and judas...well, if you notice next to his hand, he is knocking over a SALT container… he wants nothing to do with Christ…a ‘disbelieving soul’!!!!
SALT also had practical uses… at one point, albeit sparingly, salt was used to pay soldiers, a salary, hence where we get the term, from latin salarium… and when they needed to purchase their slave… they would ask, ‘is he worth his SALT’… BECAUSE OF HOW VALUABLE SALT IS for the preservation of food… and for a soldier quiet valubable…
Remember at Baptism’s, the priest would take his finger dip it into the SALT, and then place on the baby’s tongue… Gods WISDOM into the child…
MY FRIENDS IN CHRIST… SCRIPTURE HAS TWO REMARKABLE role modes for people who are WORTH THEIR SALT!!! For my Brothers in Christ, the men… who better than Job! He has 7 sons and 3 daughters ( 7 is complete….3 is the most perfect number) …he has also 3000 camels, 500 oxen, 7000 sheep…. Then one day God called all the angels together… ‘What do you think of My boy, Job….’? One angel, Lucifer responds, what’s to like? God ask, where have you come from… ‘the earth, roaming it and patrolling it’! (Go figure, look at the world…) Lucifer, responds… you let me touch him…and I will turn your boy Job!’ God says, ‘Do what you need, but do not touch…’ … Job, has not even gotten started in the day…. and no sooner that he gets up…the first messenger arrives… job, the Chaldeans have come….stolen your 3000 camels…he no sooner gets the words out of his mouth… the 2nd messenger come up… Job, the Sabeans have come…they have taken your 500 oxen…the messenger isn’t even finished being said, then the 3rd messenger shows up… Job, lightening has struck…and killed all…ALL… 7000 sheep… and if that is not bad enough…the final messenger calls… Job… winds have come…and destroyed your house… your 7 sons…your 3 daughters are NO LONGER!!! Job, NEVER BUDGES…HE DOSEN’T FLINCH…HE STAYS THE COURSE…the Devil speaks back to God…you let me touch him… SKIN FOR SKIN… and I will turn him, your boy JOB… God says, ‘you can touch him, but you cannot kill him…’…. Job has sores, wounds, diseases from the tip of his toes, to the crown of his head..and you know what he says, JOB…’naked came I from my mothers womb, naked will I return’…. THAT MAN IS WORTH HIS SALT!!!!
For my sisters in Christ…who better to immolate… as someone worth their salt…THAN THAT WOMEN… (point to her)… THE WOMEN!!! Think about this… She is 14 years old…14…and angel appears to Her… Hail full of Grace… the Lord is with you… the HS will overcome you… and you will bear a child…you will call Him Jesus… Immanuel… ‘God is with us’!!! She never flinches… She stays the Course…The child is born in a stable…in a manger…She never budges… She has the child circumcised at 8 days old… the priest (point to yourself)… Simeon says, ‘a sword will pierce your heart’…. She does not flinch, she does not back up.. 3 Men show up bearing gifts… gold, frankincense and myrrh…myrrh…? Something you use in the burial of a body… Sisters in Christ, how would you have felt, if someone had brought your young 1-2 year child this on their birthday…THE WOMAN DOES NOT EVEN LOOK BACK…SHE IS STAYING THE COURSE… At 12… She looses Him in the temple for 3….THREE DAYS… My B & S in Christ… we lose our keys and in minutes… minutes…we are ready to take a hostage!!! And God forbid, we lose our cell phone…. I mean really, how are we to even ‘think’ about getting thru the day….we will immediately pick up a phone and call the number…YET THE WOMAN…THE WOMAN… PERSEVERS… SHE LOOKS ONLY TOWARDS HIM!!! SHE sees Judas walk with Her Son…and never…NEVER SAYS a bad word…She sees Him… carry a Cross…one mile (make hand gesture)…12 ft tall…8ft wide… She saw Her Son rec 1000 wounds…from the whipping… She saw him rec a Crown of thorns…he rec over 100 wounds, 3 of which are mortal… She saw Her Son be spat in the face… His hair pulled…His name used in vain…She watches as HER SON…GET NAILED TO THE CROSS WITH 8 in nails… He is speared in the side…SHE NEVER BUDGED, SHE NEVER BACK UP…NEVER FLINCHED… SHE STAYED THE COURSE!!! THAT WOMAN… (point to Her)… is worth Her SALT!!!
My Friends in Christ…ASK YOURSELV ES THIS ONE QUESTION… ARE YOU OR ARE YOU NOT WORTH YOUR SALT IN WORDS… do you say what you mean, and mean what you say... or do we say… Do as I say not as I do…. Is that not the height of hypocrisy… ARE YOU WORTH YOUR SALT IN THE ACTIONS YOU CHOOSE… ‘In the words of st francis…preach the gospel everywhere you go, and only if you have to use words…AT THE END OF THE DAY…ST LUKE TELLS US… WHEN YOU PUT YOUR HAND TO THE PLOW…YOUR WORDS TO THE AIR.. YOUR ACTIONS TO THE PUBLIC…DO NOT LOOK BACK…FOR YOU WILL NOT BE FIT FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD… when you make a promise will you keep it…. Show up on time… no matter whose fault it is… you made a statement, YOU WILL LIVE TO IT… FOR YOU ARE WORTH YOUR SALT… will you get up early to pray, before you head out to work… WE KNOW THE LOVE WAITING FOR YOU AT WORK… will you come home, and before your head hits the pillow you will pray… because you are worth YOUR SALT… did you promise to fix something at the house… clean up your room… run the errand… make the call, return the email, stop by to visit some one… is your WORD YOUR BOND…ARE YOU WORTH YOUR SALT… NO EXCUSES…
I LEAVE YOU WITH THIS….an anonymous writer once said… when you are down and out… you feel like you are surrounded… you are getting crushed…you cant go another day, much less a minute… everybody seems to be against you… the world has gone mad…you are on an island… remember, to take a pinch of blessed SALT, divine wisdom and place it on your tongue…. (pause)…. If that’s doesn’t work… then add a slice a lime and a shot of tequila!!!
AMEN!

 

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