As we continue to journey through the sermon on the mount, lest we imagine that the kingdom of heaven is only something that will happen in the distant future, today we are given two promises that serve as concrete declarations of the kingdom breaking into our present reality. Jesus tells the crowd of disciples (who lets face it are rather daft at times – not like us?) that ‘You are the salt of the earth’ and ‘You are light of the world.’ It is interesting that he says ‘you’, not ‘them’; he says ‘are’ not ‘should be’ or ‘will be’ and he says ‘of’ not ‘from’ – so what does this mean?

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Recorded at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, 5’45” on a 44 degree day!
Sunday 5 in the season of the year (A)