Thursday: 28th February, 2019

Reference text: Mark 9:41-50

Mark 9:50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.

Unless one is an expert in the anatomy of birds, it is near impossible to identify a bird without its feathers. I therefore recall a proverb in my local language which translates to ‘you do not pluck the feathers off a bird before presenting it for identification’. In many ways, this makes a lot of sense. Given that each bird has a unique body structure, their feathers, which are inherently a part of their nature; are the best external trait for identifying them.

A rather funny run of words that came to mind as I read the text today was ‘Re-salting unsalty salt’. Salt inherently has a single trait: to be salty. Without this trait, it ceases to assume its name and nature- it ceases to be salt. Thus the words of Jesus: ‘salt is a good thing, but if it looses its saltiness with what will you season it’

When a good person loses their goodness, or a kind person loses their kindness, when a loving person loses their love; what identity do they have to show off? Interestingly, those traits can be re-learnt but not for salt. I am yet know of techniques that allow ‘re-salting’ but I will be delighted if one emerges. Sweetheart, each of us have identities which determine who we are at the very core. Those identities so unique to us that when lost are near impossible to regain.

Often situations attempt to reshape our paths, but at the core of our being, we need to remember who we are and the things that make us unique.


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