Christian Faith and Politics
Our faith, as St. Paul writes, is not communicated
by the eloquence of high-sounding words or worldly wisdom. Clever argument and jaded rationalization
are the very tools most often used to explain our faith away.
John J. Pilch
Salt and Fire
To be salt for the earth-oven is to start fires and make things burn. If Jesus’
disciples do this, they will also be “light of the earth.” The two
images so masterfully joined show Jesus to be a clever and imaginative teacher.
Thoughts from the
“Let your light shine before all,” Christ said; and he used the words “before all” advisedly. He meant, “Let your light
be so bright that it illuminates not only yourself, but shines also before those needing its help.”
Reginald H. Fuller
The Sermon on the Mount does not say that the disciples are
to become the salt, that they are to become like a city on
a hill or make themselves a light amid the darkness of the
They are all those things, and that because Jesus has called
them and they have responded.