The Similes of Salt and Light

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Lesson Overview

In this week鈥檚 Gospel passage Jesus tells His disciples to be 鈥渟alt of the earth鈥 and 鈥渓ight of the world.鈥 In other words, Jesus calls them, and us, to make the joy and love of our Christian Faith known to others and allow it to change the world. In this lesson, students will reflect on how they can be the 鈥渟alt鈥 and 鈥渓ight鈥 of the world today.

Lesson Materials


  • Have your students read the Gospel passage, or read it aloud to your students, and then answer the focus questions. You may have students answer them on their own or you may discuss them together as a class.
  • Have your students read and complete the Salt of the Earth and Light of the World activity.
  • Discuss student answers together when they have completed the activity

Answer Key

Focus Questions

  1. 鈥淚f salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?鈥
  2. We normally use salt to season and bring out flavor in food. Jesus was telling His disciples that they 鈥渟eason鈥 the earth. Christ鈥檚 followers bring life, joy, and love, to the world, in essence, 鈥渇lavoring鈥 the earth.
  3. A city on a hill cannot be hidden because it鈥檚 light shines and can be seen for miles around. The light from a lamp covered by a basket would not be able to be seen.
  4. He meant for them to allow their 鈥渓ight鈥 to be seen, like the city on a mountain or a lit lamp. Christians truly living the life of Christ are a source of love and joy for the world and must allow their joy to be known.


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