Portrait of Christ,
Salt Art by Rob Ferrel,
Executed in 2016,
Salt on wood table
© Rob Ferell artist

Portrait of Christ,
Salt Art by Rob Ferrel,
Executed in 2016,
Salt on wood table
© Rob Ferell artist

Gospel of 13 June 2023

You are the salt of the earth

Matthew 5:13-16

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘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 men.

‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill-top cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine in the sight of men, so that, seeing your good works, they may give the praise to your Father in heaven.’

Reflection on the salt artwork

Jesus tells his disciples today that they are the ‘salt of the earth’. Salt was very valuable in the ancient world. The Greeks thought it contained something touching on the divine, and the Romans sometimes paid their soldiers with salt. The Romans even said when a soldier didn't carry out his duties that he was 'not worth his salt’.

Jesus used the salt analogy in the context of discipleship. Salt has two main qualities: it preserves and it flavours. Salt preserves, and thus we are called as Christians to help preserve what is good in the culture. In order to fully fulfil its preserving qualities, the salt must be in contact with the substance (meat or fish for example). So must we as disciples be in close touch with the culture that surrounds us in order to preserve the good that is present in that culture.

Salt also flavours. As Christians, we can bring the distinctive flavouring of God's values to all we do in life. Each of us can thus make life more tasty, more exciting, more colourful and joyful. Like with all that Jesus teaches us, our ‘salt’ is not only in the witness of the words we speak, but also in the witness of our deeds.

That is what our faith does. It flavours, it enhances, it transforms the quality of human life.  Faith isn’t meant to be a substitute for what is natural and good. It brings the best in what is already there around us.

In 2016 there was a rage to create art with table salt, so called ‘Salt Art’. The internet raged with the art trend. Our work here is by Mexican born artist Rob Ferrel (illustrated here with his work), who became one of the most prolific Salt Art artists. His day job is being a barber in Los Angeles. This salt art cannot be sold. It is made and when shared over the internet, it disappears again into a salt tin. It is momentary art created in a fleeting moment, but perpetuated through the internet….

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Estrellita Picart
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Estrellita Picart(@estrellita-picart)
8 months ago

Such talent and incredible fleeting artwork! Truly giving flavour to our life!

Andy Bocanegra
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Andy Bocanegra(@bogie29)
8 months ago

What a beautiful picture. I would hate to be the one to have to sweep it up. It is very temporary just like the snow sculptures in winter and the sand sculptures on the beach.

Patricia O'Brien
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Patricia O'Brien(@marispiper)
8 months ago

Gosh – it’d break your heart to sweep up that image!

Anthony
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Anthony(@anthony)
8 months ago

Happy feast of St. Anthony everyone.
“Give all of yourself and God will give you all of Himself.”

Patricia O'Brien
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Patricia O'Brien(@marispiper)
8 months ago
Reply to  Anthony

And happy feast day to you Anthony! We have a particular devotion to St Anthony as members of our family come from Padua (Padova)

Anthony
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Anthony(@anthony)
8 months ago

What a blessing. Been there several times. Lovely place.
Also l, Arcella and Camposampiero.
Each time it was harder to leave.
I could go and live there tomorrow.

Andy Bocanegra
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Andy Bocanegra(@bogie29)
8 months ago
Reply to  Anthony

Happy Feast Day to you Anthony!

Mark Crain
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Mark Crain(@mark_crain)
8 months ago

Deacon Patrick, your reflection today is inspired. Your analogy about the duel purpose of salt, to preserve and to flavor, is brilliant: to preserve what is good and to transform culture by bringing God’s values.

I will forever be grateful for this community. I feel your love and prayers. I can tell you that the Holy Spirit is defeating the unholy spirits that were trying to smother my light under a bushel basket.

In Christ, Mark

Patricia O'Brien
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Patricia O'Brien(@marispiper)
8 months ago
Reply to  Mark Crain

Yes Mark, prayer is the great spin-off of this website. We keep you in our intentions, I know….

Chazbo M
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Chazbo M(@chazbo)
8 months ago

When my wife collapsed on Sunday I saw several people ‘worth their salt’ helping out. A mother feeding her juice through a baby’s feeder, a doctor fanning her, another person getting cakes from the party for the paramedics. The latter are nearly always the best kind of young(ish) people and they usually do the job out of some sense of vocation. It’s not for the money to be sure!
I’m watching the Sky documentary on Mother Theresa which I think is some sort of hatchet job?

Mark Crain
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Mark Crain(@mark_crain)
8 months ago
Reply to  Chazbo M

Charles, I pray that your wife is recovering. Yes, the light was shining from the paramedics and the others.

Chazbo M
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Chazbo M(@chazbo)
8 months ago
Reply to  Mark Crain

She’s much better now thank you all. It was soooo hot and it is today but I’m staying in!

Patricia O'Brien
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Patricia O'Brien(@marispiper)
8 months ago
Reply to  Chazbo M

Doctors and Paramedics – God bless them as we thank Him for their talents and ability. Trust your good lady is a bit cooler and better today.

Antonio Portelli
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Antonio Portelli(@antonio-portelli)
8 months ago

I hope ‘I am worth my salt’ in my believe in Jesus and behaviour !

Patricia O'Brien
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Patricia O'Brien(@marispiper)
8 months ago

Never doubt it! Blessings Antonio.

Andy Bocanegra
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Andy Bocanegra(@bogie29)
8 months ago

Happy Feast Day Antonio!

spaceforgrace
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spaceforgrace(@spaceforgrace)
8 months ago

Another great reflection to which I can add nothing. As for the artwork… all art is temporary, even the ancient stuff. I wish everyone a ‘… more tasty, more exciting, more colourful and joyful’ day! Love to you all. God is good.

Jo Siedlecka
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Jo Siedlecka(@jo-siedlecka)
8 months ago

Incredible. I hope he does some work that lasts!

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