Jesus called His followers “light of the world.” Good works shine as a beacon of hope in Him. Preaching the Beatitudes, the Lord recognized that people become downtrodden, mourn, find it hard to obey instead of going their own way, and experience injustice even if they show mercy. The Lord said that believers serve as “salt of the earth.” Impurities cause salt to lose its flavor. Surrounded by other influences, some in the crowds lost the taste for following Him. They had the Law handed down by Moses on stone tablets but failed to envision what the Lord wanted built. When twelve-year-old Jesus stayed behind after the Passover festival, Mary and Joseph frantically searched for Him. Faced with anxieties in our lives, does God find us worth our salt in trying to bring goodness and the light of faith into the world?