Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year A
SUBLIMITY OF WORDS
Paul came to Corinth, Greece after literally being laughed out of Athens. In order to preach a new philosophy or religion in the Greek capital he had to gain a license from the "Court of Philosophers". It met on Mars Hill, opposite the Acropolis. He tried to preach Christianity in very philosophical terms. He was going fine until he spoke of the resurrection of the body. This was contrary to the lofty schemes of the intellectuals and they rejected him. In Corinth, he tried an entirely different, more spiritual approach and won many converts.
SALT OF THE EARTH
Salt was literally worth its weight in gold in ancient times. It was vital for preserving food before the invention of refrigeration. Also, people cooked food very quickly to preserve fuel. It did not acquire the taste that slow roasting would bring. Salt thus helped bring out the flavor of the meal. It was also used in the Kosher process, whereby excess blood was absorbed from meat. Once the salt had completely soaked up this fluid it was useless for anything except for drying icy or muddy roads. Jesus may have had several of these aspects in mind when he spoke of his followers as having to be "salt for the world."
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