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Theo Tigno
6/11/2012 1:26 pm

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Tuesday, June 12th 2012
Matthew 5:13-16

Jesus said to his disciples: "You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father."

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Today's prayer intention - for the repose of the soul of Doug Fletcher.

Last week there was an announcement on how passwords from LinkedIn were posted. The hacked passwords were posted on a website. Thinking about this incident, I'm going to go a little geeky right now ...

In programming, "salting" throws characters into a string to help make sure that a password remains secured. If someone knows the salting pattern, they will most likely be on their way to decoding the password.

I know that Jesus didn't mean "salt" in terms of internet security. Yet, thinking about it in these terms, salting helps us discover what is otherwise hidden. In a way, then, if you are the "salt", how can you help those uncover what is otherwise hidden?

A hacker may know what the "salt" is, but ultimately it is up to the hacker to use the salt to decode what is hidden. In one sense, who do we look to as salt to help us discover the beauty of our faith? Who has been that "salt" to help you on your journey?

The other thought on it being an act of will for the hacker is this: if given the password, the hacker would be inclined to use it. In a sense, there is a "twisted" sense of responsibility to use the password (if a person is wired to hacking, that is). I can imagine that if the salt wasn't made available, there would be no call to action. The call to action is made when information is presented. The motivation also comes from what website this person would be trying to get into (the website of the opposite political party, etc.) Does your life reflect a lifestyle that is so radical that a hacker would want to peer inside and see what's there? Is there a "light" that shines forth that makes people want to "hack" into what's behind the screen?

May we be diligent in discovering what is hidden
and diligent in being salt of the earth.

Take care and God Bless.

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