Salt and Light

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 Matthew 5, 13-20

“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

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Salineras de Mara, Cuzco, Perú, photo by Diego Delso, under license CC-BY-SA


Given its useful and important properties, Roman soldiers would receive salt as part of their compensation, and “salarium” was the Latin word used to refer to this compensation; thus it is commonly agreed that the word “salary” may come from “salt”.


Salineras de Maras is located in Cuzco, Peru. A “salinera” is a salt evaporation pond. Harvesting salt has been a tradition inherited and practiced since the time of the Inca Empire. There are about 4500 ponds of 5 square metres (54 square feet each). The ponds are watered by a system of channels, built by the Incas, which still perfectly works without any modern technology.