Reflection: Matthew 5:13-20
Last weeks reading was about being called to discipleship in thereadings of Matthew 5:1-12. A calling we are all subject too when we can embrace grow because of the love we have been given by God through Jesus Christ. But what does it mean to be a disciple? In this weeks verses we are given and idea of what Jesus means for us to be disciples of Him. Jesus refers to his disciples a s ‘salt of the earth’ and ‘light of the world’. And in verse 20 He talks of our ‘righteousness exceeding that of the scribes and Pharisees.’ What is the meaning of righteousness? This was briefly explained by Jennifer on Sunday. Marcia Riggs says: “the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees is concerned with the observance of tradition, public display of piety, and the adherence to the letter of the law. The righteousness of Jesus flows from his relationship with God and , in turn, is the ground of Jesus’ relationship with his followers.” … … “Exceeding conventional righteousness means that Jesus’ followers seel to live justly as an expression of their worship of God; they have been blessed and are passionate about being participants in God’s vision for the world.
Been ‘salt of the earth’ we are called to bring ‘flavour’ to what may be bland: stir up the Scriptures; the preserve what is good, longer: challenge the faith enough to ensure it last longer. Been light to a dark world … … if we want to see the stars at night, then darkness is keys to enjoy them, we are called like the stars to go into dark places and shine Gods light there, to show others there is a better way.
Jesus message does not end there are how we are to be ‘righteous’, he reminds us in the last verse that in doing so we will enter into the kingdom of heaven. Amen.