The word family has many meanings and connotations. There is the traditional nuclear family understanding. There are those whose definition of family has been changed by tragedy and sickness. The word is used as a metaphor for other groups of people. We speak of a “parish family”, or the “family of nations,” or in my own Dominican community the “Dominican family.” Regardless of how we understand it, the Holy Family provides a model for what it means to be family.
I love french fries, especially when the come from a fast food restaurant. And despite the fact they are usually salted a lot, I put more salt on them. But I know others can not have a lot of salt, and salt can be harmful to the heart. So how can we make sense of Jesus’ use and encouragement that we are to be salt for the earth? Just what does he mean? And what are we supposed to do to be the salt of the earth?