September 25, 2021
The photo above depicts my favorite kind of "open space." Being by the sea, for me, is restorative, renewing, and blows fresh wind through my very soul. I am grateful for the opportunity each September, before the program year begins in earnest, to have that open space in which to breathe in God's "salty" Spirit!
This week's Gospel passage from Mark ends with Jesus making this provocative statement about salt: “For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”
Salt is of course delicious seasoning for food (can we say picnic potato chips???), AND Jesus suggests it is also a metaphor for our ministry, our passions, the lively "bite" each of us brings to the table when we serve God together. As we celebrate together this weekend, in worship, and Eucharist, picnic food, and ice cream, may we bring our distinctive "salt" (self) to the party. May we taste and see that the Lord is good. May we be blessed with joy and reconnection as the Spirit blows through our communal life this year.