October 4th Text: Mt 5:13-16 “As Salty As Possible”

This coming Sunday we have another guest preaching, Sarah Peterson from Spokane Friends. Sarah is the co-clerk of the Pacific Northwest Quaker Women’s Theology Conference.  She will be preaching on Matthew 5:13-16, I’ve included the full text of the Beatitudes below.

““Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:5-20 NRSV)

Scripture: focus Matthew 5:13-16, context Matthew 5:5-20

Queries for reflection:

  • Salt, light, and a city on a hill are each metaphors for how disciples
    are supposed to live. Which image do you like best?
  • Jesus mentions salt losing its taste, so we know salt is sometimes not
    salty enough. Can salt be too salty?
  • Jesus’s call to be salt, be light, be a city on a hill comes between
    more practical calls to believers, such as be peacemakers, or follow
    and teach the Law. Which type of call makes more sense to you? Which
    seems easier?


  1. I think of the various images used, I connect with the city on a hill language. What struck me from that is the hopefulness, the positive witness Jesus was calling his followers to. As if to say, “Live out this extraordinary calling to love one another, even your enemies, at all costs, and do it in a way that others not only see it, but are compelled by your example.” I want to be that kind of disciple, I want to be apart of a community seeking to live like that!

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