I found it very ironic that the Gospel on Sunday focused on salt and light considering many in the area have been without light and we've all seen more than our fair share of salt this winter!
Throughout history salt has been used primarily as either a preservative or flavor enhancer. It is no secret that we love salt and I have a feeling that even in Jesus' day, folks loved salt. Food critic Jeffrey Steingarten writes in his book The Man Who Ate Everything, salt is essential to good food and good cooking.
You and I are the salt of the earth. We are essential to a good world and a good life!