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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 5, 2020

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TUESDAY, May 5         Martyrs of the Reformation

Matthew 5:13a You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored?

During college, I traveled to Israel to study the Holocaust and the role of the Righteous Gentiles, people who risked their lives to save those who had been targeted by the Nazis. I wondered: What compelled them to act?

One afternoon, I visited the Dead Sea. Diving is impossible in the Dead Sea—so is swimming. The extremely high salt content—about 10 times higher than ocean water—means that the water is denser than the human body. In the Dead Sea, thanks to the salt, we all float.

Maybe this is one way to understand this part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. When we become salt—when we are seasoned by the righteousness of Christ—we are transformed. And then, with the strength and courage bestowed by God, we can become transforming agents, changing even the nature of water, so that all may be lifted and loved.

MOVING FORWARD: How are you called to be salt for others? How do you lift them up?

PRAY for the Diocese of Kumi (Uganda)

Ps 45 * 47, 48 | Exodus 32:21-34 | 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 | Matthew 5:11-16

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