In these next few weeks before Lent we are hearing the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel. Today Jesus says to his disciples. “You are the salt of the earth.” In other words, you will bring flavor to the world by the way you live your lives. Three of our parishioners who died in the last few months were the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Bill Arrigoni, Wanda Serbesku, and Lee Baerny were stewards in their faith. They were humble people. Humility comes from the Latin word “humus” which means earth or ground. They were well grounded, comfortable in their own skin, not putting on airs. They epitomized the Beatitudes, the Lord’s plan for a happy life. May we bring the flavor of the Gospel to others by performing deeds of justice and mercy, for we, like Bill, Wanda, and Lee, are disciples of Jesus. His words to his disciples are addressed to us.