I share this photo today of some salt to tie in with the Thought For The Week below (Photo from Pixabay)

On This Day

On February 6th 2020 the US astronaut Christina Koch completes the longest continuous spaceflight by a female astronaut after 328 days on the International Space Station, landing in Kazakhstan

On February 6th 2022 the late Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking seventy years on the throne.

Birthdays Today

Axl Rose (Singer with Guns N’ Roses) is 61

Rick Astley (Singer) is 57

Margo (Irish Country Music Singer) is 72

Saint For Today

The Saint for today is Saint Mel of Armagh who had close links to Saint Brigid.

Significance Of Today

Today is a new Bank Holiday Monday (Public Holiday) in Ireland to mark the feast of St Brigid

Interesting Quote For Today

Salt has a greater impact on flavor than any other ingredient. Learn to use it well, and food will taste good. ~Samin Nosrat

Did You Know

Did you know honeybees are able to add and subtract and understand the concept of zero according to research from RMIT University in Australia

Thought For The Week

You are the salt of the earth. But if salt becomes tasteless, what can make it salty again? It is good for nothing, and can only be thrown out to be trampled underfoot by people.” ~Matthew 5:13

Salt is something we take so much for granted and yet all life depends on its chemical properties to survive. Its chemical formula is NaCl and is made up of sodium and chloride. Salt has been used by humans for thousands of years. The ability of salt to preserve food has been the main contributor to the development of civilization.

Salt made it possible to transport food over long distances and also helped to store food when it would be out of season. But salt was often difficult to source and so it was a highly valued trade item. Our bodies also need salt for survival. If we completely cut out salt from our diet we would become unwell in a short period of time. Our muscles would become weak and begin to cramp up. We would suffer from heat exhaustion and our whole body system would start to fail.

It is well known that we consume more salt than we need today. Lots of salt is added to food to increase its taste. A bag of chips from our local chipper tastes so much nicer when it is sprinkled with salt. Too much salt leads to high blood pressure and too little means we can’t survive. The key word with salt is balance and to use it as part of a balanced diet.

It is little wonder that Jesus was so in touch with the image of salt. Jesus beautifully says we are the salt of the earth. Like salt we are essential, precious and unique. Like salt we have a crucial role to play as part of God’s family. We too can contribute in ways that are unique to us. We can use our gifts and talents in a way that works for us. It is about getting the balance right. If we don’t spread our salt, it is no good and if we spread too much salt it is also no good. How do we find the balance?

Pope Francis puts it beautifully when he says: “Let us recover and deepen our enthusiasm, that delightful and comforting joy of spreading good news.” Every time you generate some good news and share good news with someone else it is like spreading salt in balance. We desperately need more good news in our world and in our communities. You are the source of this good news. You are the salt. Without it we have absolutely nothing.

The Thought For The Week is updated each Monday