One of my favorite breakfast foods is a good, hot, buttery bowl of oatmeal with some warm milk or cream on top. Some years ago, my cardiologist told me to avoid salt as much as possible, so the next time I cooked oatmeal, I omitted the salt. YUCK! It was awful! As good as oatmeal is, without any salt it loses its flavor and becomes terribly insipid.
In the gospel of today’s Mass, Our Lord tells us: “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?” And we might paraphrase his words by adding: “You are the salt that gives the oatmeal its flavor; without a robust spirituality, you will be like unsalted oatmeal.” What an awful prospect!
So, my dear friends, whether you like oatmeal or not, take the gospel of Our Lord, put it into operation in your life, and you will be like well-seasoned oatmeal, or whatever your favorite foods are. The person who is prayerful, devout and obedient toward God, and kind, respectful, and just toward others is like a steaming bowl of really GOOD oatmeal! Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.
Note: This message was composed some years ago.