Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
The Jesus of Flavor
In the past couple of years, during my time at our children’s ministry at Esperanza for Bethlehem, I kept hearing these remarks from our kids regarding the meal preparation: “Pastora, you did not prepare this meal right.” Because it needed some “adobo” Spanish seasoning. I realized then that for us to really bring out the best of the meals we prepare for our kids, and in order for them to enjoy it, we needed to add something more, something known, something familiar.
The same thing goes for the way we treat them—with love, compassion, and joy. I could also remember one night during our regular meal, when the children said to me, “Pastora, you added just the right amount of ‘adobo’ as well as your elbows and your foot in this meal [a Spanish saying when the food is delicious]; we surely enjoyed it.”
Living on the South Side of Bethlehem has been a blessing for me, because it allowed me to be able to share the word of God (seasoning for the soul) to the least of these, so that they too can learn to be the best seasoning for the world. For us to be the salt and light to the world, we need to continue to be the hands and feet of Jesus. The young men and women thank us every day for being here consistently and faithfully caring for them, and that is exactly what this passage means as we are considered to be the “adobo,” the seasoning, in order for others to see what it takes to be light for the world.
So, brothers and sisters, find ways to let your seasoning be the best, and let your light shine before others, so that they want to know about your Jesus! The Jesus of flavor, substance, and favor.
Rhonda Bent Robinson, pastoral team,
Esperanza for Bethlehem, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania