At our prayer meeting on Thursday 22nd June, part of our Bible reading mentioned:
“ 49 .Everyone will be salted with fire. 50. Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another.”
Often the lesser known metaphors in this passage are overlooked and I have never heard them discussed. They are really remarkable. These are my thoughts about what they mean, upon wondering and reflecting on them.
“Everyone will be salted with fire” means that we will be seasoned (improved) through our trials and sufferings. These are the “fire” with which we are “salted”.
If we lose remembrance and sensitivity towards self-knowledge (of the sinners that we are) and what we have learned through suffering, we become hard-hearted again. What good is that? That is the suffering and trials losing their flavour; being unable to ‘season’ our thoughts, words and actions.
The salt that we should keep within ourselves is humility, and love born of humility, which is why if we keep this within ourselves (the salt of our sufferings) we will have peace with one another.
I think this is meant to remind us to be grateful for the fire of our trials which produces salt in us, which can then season our words and actions through the salt of humility and charity, kept within us.
We should reflect deeply then on this passage in Mark, which are Jesus’ own words, and seek to understand what He is saying to us.