Because It’s Who You Are

The Super Bowl is coming up this Sunday, Febuary 6th.  Prior to the big game in Dallas, millions will be assembling in worship services all over the United States, even around the world.  Many of us will hear this reading from the Gospel of Matthew.

You are the salt of the earth.

You are the light of the world.

Quite a number of you know of my personal affinity for the Green Bay Packers.  It’s pretty obvious, after all:  when someone inquires, they see my eyes light up, my body language becomes more animated, and (I know, I know) I talk more.  I could talk for an hour about those amazing Green Bay Packers.  If they win the Super Bowl, I’ll likely be able to talk about them for days to come! 

I am a Green Bay Packer fan; it’s just who I am.

When Jesus decides to preach to the people, he begins by blessing them.  Then, Jesus tells them who they are.  Before they have proven themselves to be good disciples, before they have made themselves worthy of his praise, no matter their personal likes or dislikes, levels of piety or stations in life, Jesus tells them:

You are the salt of the earth. 

You are the light of the world.

Not you might be.  Or you could be. 

Not you will be.  Or you should be. 

You ARE.

You are common, and yet, you are indispensible to God.  You are part of God’s work in this world, and you carry God’s identity within you.

It’s just who you are. 

So…let’s get excited about THAT!

Gracious God, your calling is pure gift.  Your light shines within us.  Amen.

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